Recording and Paying the Credit Card Bills in QuickBooks

QuickBooks gives you the freedom of choosing that how you want to pay and record the bills of your credit card. You can make the decision as per the situation you are in, because you can do the same through various ways.

1. Options through which expenses of credit card can be recorded are given below:

  • Get the bill entered to credit card vendor and then summarize the charge of one bill by ensuring that separate line is entered for the amount of every expense account
  • Make sure that individual credit card charges are entered. Go to menu bar and choose Banking, Enter Credit Card Charges. You may be asked to get the account of credit card added to QuickBooks

2. Options to Pay the Credit Card Bill are listed below:

  • In case you have opted for entering the bill to the credit card vendor of yours then pay bill the same way you pay other bills, making a full or partial payment
  • If one among the other two options is selected by you then you have to create the vendor check or bill and then in the column of Account of transaction, get the Credit Card type account assigned, in which you recorded the transaction previously. Vendor bill will help you in reducing the balance on the liability account of credit card

Use, Pay, Set-up the credit card accounts

1. Setting up the Credit Card Accounts

  • Go to Lists menu and select the Chart of Accounts
  • Then choose Account button and after that select New
  • Choose Credit Card and after that click on Continue
  • Then go to the window of Add New Account and then:
    • Enter Credit Card Name (Note: In case you are willing to set-up the sub-account then check the box of Sub account of. Then select parent credit card account from drop-down)
    • Tap on the button of Enter Opening Balance as per the statement of your credit card, then enter the Statement Ending Balance of yours as well as the Statement Ending Date and then tap on OK
    • Tap on Save and Close

2. Entering the Credit Card Charges

This will ensure that amount owed by you is put in the account of credit card in Chart of Accounts

  • Go to Banking menu and choose Enter Credit Card Charges
  • Click on the drop-down of Credit Card and select appropriate account
  • Radio button of Purchase/Charge should be selected automatically. If you are willing to get the credit or refund recorded, which was received by you through credit card then select the radio button of Refund/Credit, instead
  • Now from the drop down tap on Purchased From and choose the vendor
  • Double check to ensure that date is correct
  • (Optional Step) Get the memo entered, in order to explain the refund or charge
  • Go to the tab of Items or Expenses and then get the items and expenses entered which you are willing to track
  • After that click on Save and Close

3. Paying the Charges of Credit Card

This will help in reducing the amount of Credit Card by amount which was paid by you through the window of Write Checks. Your Payments will appear in the credit card register including all the charges, your account can also be reconciled as normal.

It is recommended to pay for the credit card as the reconcile ends, but the feature of Write Checks could also be used to make the credit card payment.

  • Go to Banking menu and select the Write Checks
  • Then from the drop-down of Bank Account, choose the bank from which you are willing to pay for the credit card
  • Choose the payment date of yours
  • In the drop down of Pay to the order, choose the credit card company’s name
  • After that enter your payment amount
  • Tap on the tab of Expenses and then select your account of credit card
  • After that click on Save and Close

4. Entering the finance and annual charges of Credit Card

  • Go to Lists menu and tap on Chart of Accounts
  • Then find the credit card account, the appropriate one and double-click on it
  • Now at the register’s bottom and on blank line, tap on the field of Payee and then select the company of credit card
  • Then in the column of Charge, add the amount
  • Click on the drop down of Account and select the specific expense account, which you are willing to use for the tracking of finance as well as other charges related to bank service
  • Tap on the button of Record

Issues Faced by Users

How the paying of the credit card bill can be categorized?

Say user has started using the QuickBooks recently and he/she has one credit card account and one checking account. All the credit card charges of the user are getting recorded accurately, but now the user has to make the payment of the credit card bill from the checking account.

What user wanted to know is that how this transaction will be recorded, so that the payment of the bill of credit card is reflected accurately and it shouldn’t be recorded twice?

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