How to Record Personal Credit Card Expenses Incurred on Behalf of the Company in QuickBooks

by Marie on February 21, 2016

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How to Record Credit Card Expenses Incurred on Behalf on Your Company in QuickBooks

The correct way to enter business expenses that you have paid for with your personal credit card, debit card, or cash in your company’s QuickBooks, will be based on whether you want to invest this money in your company or reimburse yourself for it, as well as the type of business structure your company is setup as – Sole proprietor, Single member LLC, Multi member LLC, or Corporation. With QuickBooks, there are usually more than one ways to deal with various scenarios. Here are a few to deal with this one:

Option 1 – Reimburse Yourself

  • Setup yourself in QuickBooks as a vendor and create a bill for your expenses, allocating them to the relevant business expenses the funds were used for. Then, pay yourself with a check using the “Pay Bill” feature when you are ready to take your reimbursement. This option can be used regardless of your business structure.
  • Create a Current Liability account and call it something like “Owed to Owner”, then enter the transactions in this account where the credit card and other expenses will be easy to track in the event of an audit, with the exact amounts and vendor details listed. You will then write a check to yourself using this current liability account in order to clear the balance and reimburse yourself. This option is not suitable for a Corporation.
  • Fill out an expense report just as you would expect any other employee to do, in order to be reimbursed. All receipts that are company related that the funds were used for, should be attached to this expense report so that all vendor details are part of the company records. In addition, keep a copy of the personal credit card statement in the business files to serve as backup for the expenses. Then, write a check for the expense report total, allocating each expense to its relevant company expense. This option is most suitable for a Corporation. (NOTE: Use the “Write Check” feature only if you are paying the full reimbursement. If you will be taking the reimbursement in portions, you should create a bill with all the expenses listed, then use the “Pay Bill” feature to pay the portion of the bill you want to receive. When you are ready to reimburse yourself for the balance, you will again use the “Pay Bill” feature to complete the payment. Also, be sure to keep receipts as backup for the cash purchases you make with your personal funds on behalf of your business.)

Option 2 – Invest the Funds in Your Business

  • Create a Current Liability account and call it something like “Owed to Owner”, then enter the transactions in this account where the credit card expenses will be easy to track in the event of an audit, with the exact amounts and vendor details listed. Next, create an Equity account and call it something like “Owner Contributions”, and transfer the total of all the transactions in the current liability account to this Equity account to invest it in your business. This option is not suitable for a Corporation.

  • Create a Liability account and call it something like “Loan from Shareholder”, then enter the individual transactions in this account, so that you will be able to allocate each to its relevant expense. Next, create an Equity account and call it something like “Shareholder Investment”. When you are through entering the transactions in the “Loan from Shareholder” account, transfer the total balance to the “Shareholder Investments” account. This option is most suitable for a Corporation.

Mixing personal funds with business funds is never a good idea! Avoid co-mingling funds at all cost – especially for a Corporation. You could expose yourself to the kind of liability you formed the Corporation to avoid, in the first place.

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