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Categorize and match online bank transactions in QuickBooks Online

Learn how to review downloaded bank and credit card transactions and put them in the correct accounts.

After you connect your bank and credit card accounts, QuickBooks automatically downloads the latest transactions. It looks for and tries to match them with transactions you've already entered into QuickBooks. If it can't find a match, it creates a new transaction record for you.

All you have to do is approve the match or newly created transaction. Here’s how to get started.

Step 1: Download the latest bank and credit card transactions

For most banks, QuickBooks downloads the latest available transactions every night around 10 PM PT. Some may take a little longer. You can also manually update your accounts any time to get the latest available transactions:

  1. Go to the Banking menu or Transactions menu.
  2. Go to the Banking tab.
  3. Select Update.

This updates all of your bank and credit card accounts.

Tip: If you see a message about additional authentication, follow the onscreen steps to continue the update. Not all banks require this, but some do for added peace of mind. Here's what to do if you have trouble downloading your transactions.

Step 2: Review and categorize downloaded transactions

  1. Go to the Banking menu or Transactions menu.
  2. Select the tile for the account you want to review.
  3. Select the For Review tab to start your review.

QuickBooks sends downloaded transactions to the For Review tab. Review them one-by-one.

For each, you have the option to match, add, or view multiple matches. Follow the steps in the section for each option:

Match means QuickBooks matched the downloaded transaction with one you already entered. This links them together so you don't get duplicates.

All you have to do is make sure the match is correct:

  1. Find a downloaded transaction with the Match option in the Action column.
  2. Note the DateDescriptionPayee, and amount spent or received.
  3. Select the downloaded transaction to expand the view.
  4. Review the Matching records found. This is the possible matching transaction you already entered in QuickBooks.
  5. Select the link next to each match to get more details.
  6. Make sure this is the correct match. In particular, review the Deposit toPayment method, and Bank account fields on forms for the existing transaction in QuickBooks.
  7. If this is the correct match, close the open transaction.
  8. Select Match.

QuickBooks now knows the downloaded transaction is the same one you already entered. It connects the two so there are no duplicates. Your work is done.

Add means QuickBooks didn’t find an existing matching transaction. Instead, it started a brand new transaction for you using the info from your bank or credit card.

All you have to do is make sure there isn't a match and approve the work:

  1. Find a downloaded transaction with the Add option in the Action column.
  2. Select the transaction to expand the view.
  3. Review the recommended Category. This is the account QuickBooks wants to categorize the transaction into. For example, for a gas expense, QuickBooks may suggest categorizing it under Travel Expenses. You can always change the category and put it in a different account.
  4. Change the supplier or customer as needed.
    Tip: If you think you already entered this transaction into QuickBooks, select the Find record option. Review the list of possible matches and select one if you find it.
  5. When everything looks good, select Add.

QuickBooks uses this info to create and add a new transaction to your accounts.

Note: QuickBooks sometimes categorizes transactions into the Uncategorized Income or Uncategorized Expense accounts. These are temporary accounts. If you can, always categorize transactions directly into income or expense accounts.

View means QuickBooks found more than one potential match.

All you have to do is pick the right one:

  1. Find a downloaded transaction with the View option in the Action column.
  2. Select View.
  3. Review the Matching records found. QuickBooks. These are the possible matching transactions you already entered in QuickBooks.
  4. Select the link next to each match to get more details.
  5. Make sure one of these is a match. In particular, review the Deposit toPayment method, and Bank account fields on forms for the existing transactions in QuickBooks.
  6. Compare the potential matches.
  7. When you find the correct match, close the open transactions.
  8. Select the correct match and then select Match.

Step 3: Review matched or added transactions

After you match or add downloaded transactions, they're recorded into QuickBooks. You can review your work and make sure everything is correct in the Categorized or Reviewed tab.

It's a good idea to quickly check this after your review:

  1. Go to the Banking menu or Transactions menu.
  2. Select the tile for the account you want to review.
  3. Go to the Categorized or Reviewed tab.
  4. Select the link in the Added or Matched column to review the transaction.

If you need to change or move a transaction to a different account, follow these steps to undo or unmatch it. Tip: Make all of your changes before your monthly reconciliations.

You can split transactions, such as a large business travel expense, between multiple accounts for better tracking.

  1. Go to the For Review tab.
  2. Select the downloaded transaction to expand the view.
  3. If the option in the Action column is Match, change the Find match to Categorize.
  4. Select Split next to the Add button.

This opens the Split transaction window.

  1. Select the Categories (the accounts) you want to split the transaction into.
  2. Enter an amount for each split.
  3. Select a Customer for each split.
  4. When you're done, select Apply and accept.

Exclude personal or duplicate transactions to keep your accounts accurate:

  1. Go to the For Review tab.
  2. Check the checkbox for each transaction you want to exclude.
  3. Select Exclude.

Excluded transactions move to the Excluded tab. They won’t be added to QuickBooks or downloaded again.

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