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Can I change the default A/R or A/P account in QuickBooks Online

Can I change the default A/R or A/P account in QuickBooks Online
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QuickBooks Online (QBO) is not designed to work with multiple Accounts Receivable (AR) and Accounts Payable (AP) accounts. The initial AR and AP accounts, or those selected during conversion, will be the default accounts. We encourage our customers to merge their accounts payable and receivable accounts. For more information on merging accounts, please see Merging accounts, vendors, or customers. If division of open payables and receivables are needed use one of the following options…


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1099 Closings QBO QuickBooks Year End

Preparing for year-end: Hints and Tips for QuickBooks Online (QBO) users

Year-end is quickly approaching. Be prepared for the year-end. Here is a 10-point checklist you should go through to keep your QuickBooks Online accounts in order and plan for the year-end processing.


Helpful Checklist:

  1. Bank Reconciliations
    Make sure all bank reconciliations are up to date. This includes credit card accounts as well. Review any unmatched items (both deposits and payments) that you would not expect to be outstanding. This may be the result of a duplicate entry.
    It is important these banks reconciliations are printed (or saved) at year-end.

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  3. Undeposited Funds
    Make sure all the customer payment items in Undeposited Funds account have not yet been deposited to the bank account. If all the deposits are already posted to the bank account, this account should show zero balance. Any balance in Undeposited Funds account (even after bank accounts are already reconciled) may be the result of a duplicate entry. Review income and account receivable accounts and resolve it.
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  5. A/R and A/P Balances on Cash Basis
    Run the Balance Sheet on the cash basis accounting method. If the transactions were properly recorded, these two accounts should not show a balance in the Balance Sheet.
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  7. Employee Advances
    Make sure Employee Advances account is reconciled. This account should include the advances that are yet to be repaid or have not been deducted from the payroll.
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  9. Payment to Independent Contractors (1099s)
    Make sure you have IRS Form W-9 on file and they are up to date.
    You can google 1099 and W-9 for all the handy information you need.
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  11. Other Balance Sheet Accounts
    Review all other balance sheet accounts. Make sure all assets and liabilities are shown properly. It is also time to make adjustment entries if necessary.


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  13. Depreciation on Fixed Assets
    If you have posted your depreciation on fixed assets entry, make sure these are up to date. If not, consult your Accountant.
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  15. Uncategorized Income & Expense / Ask your Accountant
    If you have any uncategorized income and expense in P&L that have been used to post entries that you aren’t sure what to do with, now is the time to have a look. If needed, ask your Accountant and resolve it. Also, review all income and expense accounts and make sure it makes sense.
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  17. Retained Earnings
    Keep a separate spreadsheet Account Analysis of Retained Earnings account. This account should include income or loss from prior years. It may also include reclassifying transactions within equity type accounts. Consult your Accountant if it involves any entry posted from outside of equity accounts.
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  19. Close the books
    Close the books once you have submitted final numbers to your Accountant for review and tax preparation. Consult your Accountant in case there is a need to make changes.
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Company Gear Company Settings Multi Currency

QuickBooks Multicurrency in QuickBooks Online US

With QuickBooks Online (QBO) multi-currency, you can track transactions in more than one currency. Multicurrency affects many accounts and balances in company file and the preference can’t be turned off once it’s been turned on.

Important: Since you cannot really back up company file (with all the features and the settings) in QBO at this time, make sure this is what you want before turning on this multi-currency feature.

The multi-currency menu items are in the Company Settings menu under Currency in the QuickBooks Online.

From the home page screen > company gear (upper right corner) > settings > company settings > currency > ON > Save

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1enable currency feature

Multicurrency once enabled from the QuickBooks Online, one cannot UNDO it. See screenshot below, there is no edit pencil icon for currency, once the currency feature is ON.
2currency feature enabled

Once the multi-currency is enabled, it will do two visible things:

  • It will create “Currencies” under lists.
  • It will create “Exchange Gain or Loss” account under “Other Expense” type.

lists currencies

exchange gain or loss account

Currency exchange rate

Once set, the company’s home currency cannot be changed:
For US QuickBooks Online editions, the home currency is set to USD, by default.
Exchange rates are always recorded as the number of home currency units it takes, to equal one foreign currency unit.

To add new currency > from the home page screen > company gear (upper right corner) > lists > currencies > add new

home currency table

How to start using the multi-currency feature?

  • After you turn on the feature, you will be able to assign a currency to customers, vendors, and other accounts.
  • You can assign one currency for each customer or vendor so you will create new customers or vendors to use in your foreign transactions.
  • You can assign one currency for each account so you will create new accounts to use for your foreign transactions.
  • If you prefer to use your own exchange rates, you can manually enter those as well.

The following image shows how these currencies attributes in an Invoice transaction relate to the representation of the invoice.
invoice in gbp

Customer Center > from the home page screen > left navigation bar > customers

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Customer Page > from the home page screen > left navigation bar > customers > customer

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It also automatically creates separate Accounts Receivable accounts (not sub-accounts) by currencies in addition to main home currency A/R.
ar accounts by currencies

A/R Aging Summary Report in home currency
ar aging in home currency

Balance Sheet Report
Since A/R (and A/P) not sub-items type, it cannot be collapsed even if wanted.
balance sheet

(All Vendor side transactions and reports also work the same way as Customer transactions).

Mult-currency features not available

Weekly TimeSheet and Single Time Activity entered (either by employee or vendor contractor) do not work with multi-currency at this time. You will get the following error message:

“The following errors have occurred: You must choose a customer that uses local currency when time is billable.”

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multicurrency timesheet not working


Weekly Price Check US CA UK AU (Plus Plan)

USD 23.97 per monthCAD 14.50 per monthGBP 15.00 per monthAUD 21.00 per month
USD 23.97 per monthUSD 12.01 per month
USD 23.30 per month
USD 16.60 per month


Where does QBO get its currency exchange rates from

Which versions of QBO support the multi-currency feature

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How do you mark a bill as paid if paid by your parent company (not by your bank account or credit card)

First, you need to get some guidance from the parent company if they go through inter-company elimination process to prepare consolidated balance sheet report.

In QBO create Intercompany Accounts Payable Account (not main Accounts Payable A/P) >

you can select “Credit Card” Type > it will show as Credit Card group on the Balance Sheet. When you Pay Bills (or enter expenses), you can select this account instead of bank account > easy one step process only > however, if parent company has a problem using Credit Card type account then, you may need to set it up as “Other Current Liabilities” type account.

In that case, it becomes two step process > pay bills (or enter expenses) using Credit Card type as I/C clearing account > transfer the balance from Intercompany Accounts Payable (other current liabilities type) to Intercompany Clearing account (credit card type > new name). To transfer in QBO, you can use Transfer (create + sign > other > transfer) or write a Journal Entry (and make it reversible JE if needed).

Again, it’s a good idea to consult with your parent company who handles Intercompany accounts. And, always reconcile accounts on a regular basis.

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On the parent company’s books, they should record this as an intercompany accounts receivable.
In QBO for Intercompany Accounts Receivable > select “Other Current Assets” Type (not main Accounts Receivable A/R type. In QBO, you can have just one A/R).

Expense Expenses QBO Reports Transactions

QuickBooks Online – How to enter various expenses in QBO?

The tutorial video below explains how different expense transactions are entered in QuickBooks Online. It is a step-by-step process of learning how to enter expenses in QBO. This is probably the best in-depth video that covers vendor expenses in QuickBooks Online. I highly recommend you to watch it.


Let me summarize the content of this video:

  • It explains how to enter expenses like debit card, credit card, ATM, cash withdrawal, bank fee, wire transfer, write check, enter Vendor Bill to pay later as A/P, Pay Bill by the Check and create Purchase Order and more.
  • It explains how to set up and enter billable charges to customers.
  • It explains how to set up and enter expenses by class tracking and location tracking.
  • Lastly, it explains how these entered expenses will show up on various financial reports.

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