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In Quickbooks Online, here is how we record a tax refund:
The record refund link inside the GST Centre can only be applied to a previously lodged BAS . In order to record that refund/payment against a previous BAS period, you have to first find the previously lodged BAS in the GST Centre and then select the Record Payment option in the Action column.
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Your suggestion is OK for GST refunds relating to a lodged BAS but the question is how to categorise an "Income Tax Refund". Typically at the EOFY after lodging your Company Returns the ATO will either send you a refund or request an extra payment depending upon your profits and the amount of PAYGI Instalment that has been prepaid. How do you allocate that payment or refund that shows up on your bank statement?
If an income tax refund received from ATO is not related to a lodged BAS, we can set up an income account and allocate it on your downloaded bank feed. Let me show you how to do this.
You can use that account created for income tax refund received from ATO. For income tax payment, let me show you how to set up an account for it.
Furthermore, I would suggest to consult an accountant or a QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor for accuracy on your tax reporting.
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My accountant had said that Company Income Tax Payments should not be categorised as an Expense. Maybe in the same way that the PAYGI Instalments seem to get categorised as a Liability and not an Expense. With setting up a new Expense account as you suggest and choose detail " Taxes Paid", does that affect how the expense is handled in P&L reports compared to normal expenses?
Just to check, do you lodge IAS (Income Activity Statement) in QuickBooks Online GST centre? If yes, you can click on Record payment on your IAS. Any payment recorded from the GST centre will hit your ATO Clearing account. Furthermore, you can generate a Journal report to see how GST and IAS payments are posted. Also, all expense accounts will affect and will be posted on your Profit and Loss report.
For more detailed information, you can check on this article: Reporting PAYG Instalments on BAS and IAS.
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No I don't do monthly IAS reporting I do quarterly BAS reporting via the GST Centre.
As an example my PAYGI Instalment amount set by the ATO was $5k / quarter. So in total I had prepaid $20k Company Tax by the EOFY. However after submitting my Annual Company Tax Returns I should have paid $30k Company Tax so the ATO requested the $10k balance. This was paid by direct transfer to the ATO which then zero'd my ATO Online account so eth ATO are happy.
Next the $10k payment arrived on my QBO bank feed as usual and the question is - How do I allocate that $10k Company Tax payment to the ATO?
For my other company I have exactly the opposite situation and the ATO sent me a Company Tax refund as my quarterly instalments were too high - How do I allocate that deposit that appears on my bank feed?
Thank you for the detailed information you've provided. Once you've enabled PAYG Instalment on your tax settings and then lodge your BAS in QuickBooks Online, it will create a journal entry and by default the system used the account PAYG Instalment Liabilities. In that case, you can allocate the payment to PAYG Instalment Liabilities account to clear out the balance but if you have not lodged anything in QuickBooks Online, the payment must be recorded as an expense.
I have lodged all my BAS through GST Centre and any PAYG Instalment amount does go to a "Income Tax Instalment" account (Current Liabilities / BAS Payable). QBO won't let me allocate the $10k EOFY Income Tax payment to that account from the Bank Feed as either an expense or as a transfer. It gives an error.
Does it need to be allocated by creating a Journal entry to move it from the Bank Account to the above Liability account?
Is "Current Liabilities / BAS Payable" the correct setup for that account? I feel it should be "Current Liabilities / Income Tax Payable", but it won't let me change it.
Hi due to incorrect lodgement of BAS I have been refunded my GST component in 2 separate payments by the ATO, this amount when added matches the total GST refund, but has come in on 2 separate dates with 2 separate amounts. I have recorded the refund in the GST centre, but now have 2 refunded transactions sitting as uncategorised, how do I link these to the refund?
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If you have recorded the GST refund in QuickBooks Online GST tab, and there is a GST refund downloaded in the Transactions tab we should be able to match them by clicking on Find match option.
Let me show you how to record a GST refund in GST tab and then match it to your bank feed.
Once done, go to Transactions tab. QuickBooks Online will automatically find match if the date and amount on the refund matches on the bank feed and on the GST refund recorded in QuickBooks.
You can also check this link to learn more about: Find and categorise transactions in QuickBooks.
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Thanks, I am aware of the straight forward case where the payment matches the exact amount, but in my case the payments were refunded in 2 transactions by the ATO and on 2 separate dates (these boht total to the GST refund amount). So how do I automatically match those?
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At the moment we're unable to match multiple GST refund downloaded in QuickBooks Online. We can just exclude the GST refund downloaded since you were able to record them in the GST center already.
To exclude the downloaded payment:
I'm also adding this article to learn more about excluding transactions: Exclude a bank transaction you downloaded into QuickBooks Online.
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