What is an uncleared cheque?

An uncleared cheque is a cheque that has been written and recorded in the payer's records, but the cheque has not yet been paid by the bank on which it is drawn. In the U.S. accounting textbooks, an uncleared cheque is referred to as an outstanding check.

In the bank reconciliation process an uncleared cheque (or outstanding check) is deducted from the balance shown on the bank statement to arrive at the correct or adjusted balance per bank.

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