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Reimbursed Charges

If an invoice has reimbursable charges and the payment comes in and goes to Undeposited Funds I need to split that deposit to allocated part of the funds to reimbursements how do I do that?  or should I not have payments/invoices go to Undeposited Funds??

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Re: Reimbursed Charges

Hi Debbied, 

 

Welcome to the QuickBooks community! There are a few community members that are experts in that area. I have a few questions that could help with finding the right advice.

 

  • Do the items on the invoice or sales receipt all increase an income account? 
  • If it is an employee or a vendor that is being reimbursed, do you write a regular or a payroll check to handle the reimbursement?
  • What version of QuickBooks are you using? 

 

-John

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Re: Reimbursed Charges

Hi Debbied -

"Reimbursed charges" and "Undeposited funds" are unique functions of QB, which is geared to help non-accountants of course.  Neither of these concepts exist outside of QB, like in real accounting systems or even in accounting college courses nor in the business world beyond very small businesses who use QB so I can tell you that neither one of them are necessary and in my opinion they do more harm than good.

Coincidentally, I just explained this in a post this week, but if you would like to understand why, I will share.

No doubt you will get opposing opinions since this site is mostly die-hard QB users, almost cult-like from my view, but many have never seen any other system so they think these are normal now so will disagree.

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Not all the items increase an income account: management fees  DO.  But there are cleaning charges & reimbursments, like papertowels.

The reimbursements are never employees; sometimes vendors/subcontractors and/or myself for Tp or towels.

I am using Pro2016

I am trying to reconcile my Reimbursed acct and it should be a $0 at the end of the day, but I am finding that the items on customer invoices when the invoice is paid is not clearing the Reimbursement.

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OK, so when i create an invoice for a customer for income fees, that is all that should be on it to go to A/R,...and then I should create a separate invoice for Reimbursable items that goes to the Reimb. account versus Undeposited funds or A/R?

Thank you

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What you list on the invoice typically is your Income, even if being reimbursed for something you incurred. Remember to track Expense as gross and income as gross, even if something is "sold at cost" = reimbursed.

 

The Funds coming in are Banking, and never get Assigned to anything. They are the Payment for what you listed on the invoice. Invoice = Unpaid sale, and those charges already created Income for you. The payment of funds is just Banking, now. Example:

 

Fee income

Reimbursement from travel expense (is also tracked as income)

Reimbursement for materials, marked up or not (also is Income)

Sales Taxes

= total owed to you.

 

That's why the Payment is never split into any Income or expense account. It is the Banking function for Funds paid by customers against the sales you made.

 

You use a Holding Account, which in QB is a function provided by the account name of Undeposited Funds, because you have a need for some individual transactions that either have a Different Date than the date of deposit, and/or also need to be Batched Together.

 

Whether inside QB or in reality, this is Common. Example:

 

You have invoices with payment due by the 10th. You want to Process that the payments arrived by/on the 10th, but you are not going to make the Bank deposit until the 12th. You also have 15 entries, and don't want the QB bank register to show 15 individual entires dated the 12th. You want One Date of Deposit for the 12th, consisting of 15 individual customer payments, received by you by/on the 10th.

 

You process the payments for the 10th or the date they arrived, because the customers really did pay on time. You let those flow to UF, to be held until you create the Deposit entry (or get it from banking download) that is One Total and is dated the 12th. Now your Recordkeeping and the Bank have an exact match to reality: One deposit date and one deposit Total and all customers are not Late (12th vs 10th).

 

That is why you use UF. I hope that helps.

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Reimbursed expenses.  Thanks QBT, but EEK! too complicated for me.  Here is how I see it:

 

- Everything you pay for is an Expense.

- Everything you get paid for is Revenue.

 

Reimbursed costs are both revenue and expense, a plus and a minus (debit and credit).

When they are the same they net to zero as they should.  No need to match up but you can.

The easier way is just to make sure that you get paid for everything you bill the customer for.

 

Ir revenue is higher, you make a profit.

If expenses are higher, you have a loss.

 

Terminology clarification between QB terms and those more common in accounting outside QB:

Cost = Expenses (= money you pay)

Revenue = Sales = Income (= money you receive)

 

 

 

 

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Revenue minus expense = profit.   

Revenue (minus reimbursed charges) minus expense (minus reimbursed charges) = same profit.

 

Profit is exact same amount and exact same potential for being taxable income/profit.

 

Disadvantage of the "Reimbursed charges" function in QB is that your reimbursed expenses then just f'n disappear from reports.  Freaked me out the first time I saw that on someone's books.  Where do they go?

 

Now when I do budget for next year, how will I know how much I actually spent on all those expenses?

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Re: Reimbursed Charges

@ Debbied
If an invoice has reimbursable charges and the payment comes in and goes to Undeposited Funds I need to split that deposit to allocated part of the funds to reimbursements how do I do that?  or should I not have payments/invoices go to Undeposited Funds??

You can not do what you are asking.

The account that is posted to from an invoice is determined by the item used on the invoice.
Undeposited funds is just a holding account (think desk drawer) where you hold the payment received until an actual trip to the bank can be made.

Reimbursed expenses are for employees, they pay for something for the business and they get reimbursed.

Billable expenses are those expenses that you pay and wish to pass on to the customer, with or without a mark up.

So you pay the expense, and the customer pays you income.  I set up and use an income account called billabe expense income, and in one business I use a catch all expense account called billable expenses (rather than itemizing the expenses across different expense accounts) - personal choice.

This commuhnity platform does not say if you are using desktop or QBO, the set up is different - but since the latest fad is QBO this is how to set it up in QBO.
gear>settings>company settings>expenses>bills and expenses and turn on make expenses and items billable
check mark to track billable expenses and items as income
then in company settings>advanced>chart of accounts click the edit pencil and select the billable expense income account

Why intuit separated the two related settings is anyone's guess

When you enter a vendor bill/CC charge/etc, you will see a Billable check mark box, check that and select the customer name in the customer block. The next time you invoice your customer, the system will show billable expenses on the right side that you can click the add link to add the bill to the invoice.  IF you do not want to add the bill to the invoice, leave the billable check mark box blank, the cost of the expense will still count against the customer

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Re: Reimbursed Charges


Rustler wrote:

Reimbursed expenses are for employees, they pay for something for the business and they get reimbursed.

Billable expenses are those expenses that you pay and wish to pass on to the customer, with or without a mark up.

 

Agree with above.  Thank you for seeing this as I do, so I know I am not the only one who does!

So you pay the expense, and the customer pays you income.  I set up and use an income account called billabe expense income, and in one business I use a catch all expense account called billable expenses (rather than itemizing the expenses across different expense accounts) - personal choice.

That account name just makes my head spin, if I did not know it was IS account, could not guess it.

Really?  Wow, then what do you show on customer invoice and where does this go on P&L?  I take it

no one is looking at these financials or does not care or does not understand?  So not ok in my biz, but always interesting to hear how others do things.  Seems like so many extra steps to do in QB.

 

This commuhnity platform does not say if you are using desktop or QBO, the set up is different - but since the latest fad is QBO this is how to set it up in QBO.   Lol on the latest fad.  I take it you are not a big fan of QBO.  Do you use for your own or did you stayed on QBDT, just curious on the Pro use?
gear>settings>company settings>expenses>bills and expenses and turn on make expenses and items billable
check mark to track billable expenses and items as income
then in company settings>advanced>chart of accounts click the edit pencil and select the billable expense income account

Why intuit separated the two related settings is anyone's guess  Ya

When you enter a vendor bill/CC charge/etc, you will see a Billable check mark box, check that and select the customer name in the customer block. The next time you invoice your customer, the system will show billable expenses on the right side that you can click the add link to add the bill to the invoice.  IF you do not want to add the bill to the invoice, leave the billable check mark box blank, the cost of the expense will still count against the customer

Is this COGS on a P&L by customer?