In QBO Essentials and, you can create a Recurring Sales Transaction to be used at the end of each day to record your daily sales transactions.
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You will need to create a few new accounts in the Chart of Accounts:
Clearing Account (Category Type = Banking)
Income Account (Category Type = Income)
Overage/Underage Expense Account (Category Type = Expense)
To create new accounts (left blue navigation bar > transactions > chart of accounts > new)
You will need to create Products/Services associated with the following account types:
Sales categories = Sales Income account (make it taxable if your charge sales tax)
Cash= Undeposited funds
Checks= Undeposited funds
Visa/MasterCard = Undeposited funds
American Express = Undeposited funds
Discover = Undeposited funds
Overage/underage (for drawer shortages) = Expense account
To create products/services list (from the home page screen > company gear (upper right corner) > lists > products/services > new (upper right corner)
You will also need to enable sales tax settings (if needed).
Sales tax = (left blue navigation bar > sales tax > add/edit tax rates and agencies). QBO will automatically create a Sales Tax Liability account. You do not need to create a sales tax account in the Chart of Accounts separately.
Now you need to create recurring Sales Receipt template (from the home page screen > company gear (upper right corner) > lists > recurring transactions > new (upper right corner).
Now you are ready to create a Sales Receipt for each day based on the end of the day Cash Register run (from the home page screen > company gear (upper right corner) > lists > recurring transactions > use under action column).
Note: By recording all of the Sales as positives and all of the Payments (Expenses & Cash Shortage) as negatives, the net amount of the Sales Receipt should be Zero.
In this example, at the end of the day, you have $1,000.00 in Sales and $80.00 in Sales Tax. The cash register count for Cash is $200.00, ‘Checks’ is 300.00, Visa/MasterCard is $390.00, American Express is $80.00, Discover is $80.00 and Cash Shortage is $10.00. The sales report that day shows $1,080.00 in Sales ($1,000 sales income plus $80 sales tax).
To do this (from the home page screen > create + sign > other > bank deposit). Select the deposit date in QBO based on the bank posting date.
Note to Simple Start users: since there is no “Recurring Transactions” feature available in Simple Start, you will need to follow all the setup instructions and create a Sales Receipt for daily sales. Transactions will be recorded the same way in QBO.