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Find out what the academies chart of accounts is, how you use it, and how it'll save you time completing your financial returns.

What is it?

The academies chart of accounts (CoA) collects and automates all the information that underpins the academies accounts return and budget forecast returns in one place

You can download the excel spreadsheet and guidance here

If you decide to use the CoA, you'll be able to automatically transfer data from your finance system to the ESFA. This should save you time when filling out the online forms. 

Do I have to use it?

No, it's up to you if you adopt the CoA. 

How do I use it?

Your cost centres don't need to change You can map your existing ledger codes, but you'll need to think about whether your existing

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