Retained earnings in QuickBooks

Retained earning are usually helps you to track all the profits that might have not been distributed to the owners and it is important that you should know this thing that it is an account which QuickBooks desktop automatically creates when you have first created your company file.

Retained earning is the kind of the most special account and you should follow some of the rules for this account which you can look below:

  • You cannot merge this account with any other account.
  • You cannot create another equity account and just run that particular account as an retained earning account.
  • You cannot change the type of this account.

It might can happen that you can face some unexpected results that may occur when you look into the retained earnings, so look below what you can face sometimes:

  • When you automatically post something in retained earning then it can be happened that it may not match with the net income for the previous year.
  • The difference in cash can come in net income on the balance sheet and the income statement.
  • Net income of the previous year does not roll with the retained earnings.

Retained earning is basically the profit that the company uses to reinvest on itself. It is not displayed in any of the reports until and unless you make any entries in your retained account. QuickBooks has a feature that allows the electronic swap of money at the end of each financial year.

The profit is transferred to the Retained Earning account. You can get an idea of retained earning by going through the profit and the loss balance sheet that are maintained.

How to view the details of Retained Earnings Account

To see the details of Retained Earning account follow the given steps

  • Firstly you need to select the Reports tab.
  • Then fill the data in the Profit and Loss fields.
  • After that select the Profit and Loss report.
  • Next choose the dates from the drop down list of report period.
  • Further click on the run report button.
  • And then select the net income amount.

In this way, you will be able to see all the transactions of profit and loss that are involved in the process for QuickBooks Online that automatically switches to your Retained Earnings account. You can also see the reports of Profit and Loss that are generated on yearly basis and transferred in the Retained earning Account.

To view this report, follow the steps provided below:

  • Select the Reports tab.
  • Fill the Profit and Loss fields and select the Profit and Loss report.
  • Then select the customize option and select the rows and columns.
  • Then select the Calendar Years or Fiscal Years and click on the run report button.

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