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Configuring your Xero Integration - Periodic Method

Last updated 18/03/2021

How to configure your Xero integration to match your accounting setup for the periodic method.


This article is written for those that will use the Periodic method of inventory accounting. For information about this, or if you are unsure of which method you use, please see the Perpetual Method and Periodic Method Help article for additional information.

Cin7 Accounting Specialists

If you have any questions about how best to set up your account, our Accounting Specialists will be happy to configure Cin7 for you. Contact your Cin7 Onboarding specialist or Cin7 Support.

Before starting the configuration process, you must have done the following:

  • Decided which inventory accounting method to use - Perpetual or Periodic.
  • Set up your General Ledger Accounts correctly.
  • Set up all the tax rates in Xero that you are likely to use.
  • Discussed all of the above with your accountant.

Once the above has been confirmed, navigate to the settings page to configure Xero:

  1. Log into Cin7 as an Administrator.
  2. From the left navigation, select Accounting, then Xero.
  3. From the top right, select the Settings gear icon.
  4. Choose Periodic from Inventory method option
  5. Scroll down to Default Accounts.
  6. Select Save Settings.

Deciding how the Integration Operates

The first step is to decide how your integration operates.

Bank Account Details

Bank Account Currency

The home/base currency in Cin7 must match the home currency in Xero. Check your home currency appears, and is the same as in Xero.

Is Multi-Currency

If you buy/sell in multiple currencies, you will need to select Yes. You must have the correct Xero pricing plan to add multi-currency.

For more information, see Multi-Currency with Cin7 and Xero.

Is mainly B2B?

If a majority of your sales are to other businesses, choose Yes.

Update Freight, Discount and Surcharge Tax Codes

Merge Sales Order Product Lines into One Line

If you are likely to have a high volume of transactions pushing to Xero each month, you may wish to combine your line items into one to keep within Xero's data limits.

To enable this, choose Yes.

You can change this setting at a later date.

Update COGS for Number of Past Months

How many months would you like to keep COGS calculations open in Cin7 for reimport should the value change? For new accounts, choose the default setting of 1 month.

Setting up Default Accounts

Default accounts are the general ledger (GL) accounts in Xero that Cin7 transactions are sent to, unless otherwise specified by an "alternative GL account".

For the periodic method you will need:

  • An expense account for Purchases.
  • A revenue account for Sales.

If there is more than one relevant account you could use, it makes sense to make the default account the account to which a majority of transactions are sent.

List Ledger Accounts

In the form in this section you decide how Cin7 should code transactions. You should read the descriptions below, then enter the relevant account numbers into the blank fields.

Account Name Account Code Account Type Appears in Xero Used for
Stock On Hand* Xero Account Number Expense P&L The Purchases account to which Cin7 sends transactions.
Sales Xero Account Number Revenue P&L The primary Sales account that is used in Xero.
Surcharge Xero Account Number Revenue P&L If you wish to split surcharges - such as credit card fees - into a separate account. This is commonly the same as your Sales account above.
FreightSales Xero Account Number Revenue P&L If you wish to split freight sales into a separate account**. This is commonly just the same as your Sales account above.
COGS Leave blank Direct Costs P&L Leave this line blank if you are using Periodic.
PurchaseDirectCost Xero Account Number Expense P&L This must be the same account that is used for Stock On Hand. This informs the system that you are using the periodic method.
Adjustments Leave Blank Overhead P&L Leave this line blank if you are using Periodic.

*Though the system field is called Stock on Hand, this will be a Stock Purchases account in Xero.

**Freight sales constitute the revenue you receive from your customers when you charge them for additional shipping fees, not the cost you pay couriers for freight.

Setting up Alternative GL Accounts

You may not want all your transactions to go to the same default account each time. For accounting reasons it may be desirable to have, for example, wholesale transactions go to a wholesale GL Account, and retail sales go to your default GL account.

As stated above, it makes sense to set your default account as the account to which a majority of your transactions should go. Use the Alternative GL Accounts for exceptions to the default.

Keeping it Simple

When considering how to set up your alternative accounts, remember that Cin7 has comprehensive management reports that can be used to make business decisions such as the performance of a particular branch, brand or customer group. You will use Xero primarily for Financial Reporting.

It is recommended to keep your accounting setup as simple as necessary for Financial Reporting, then use Cin7 to produce Management Reports.

See the Setting up Alternative GL Accounts Help article for additional information.

Setting up Tax Rates

To create Tax Rates in Cin7, simply download your Tax Rates from Xero. To do this:

  1. From the left navigation, select Accounting, then select Xero.
  2. Select the Get Tax Rates and Accounts tab.
  3. Select Download Tax Rates.

Although it is possible to manually create or update Tax Rates in Cin7, it is recommended to create these Tax Rates first in Xero in order to ensure they are set up correctly and then re-downloading them from Xero.