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Real Estate Investing: Best practices for reporting business expenses made using your personal account (soleproprietor)

Hi QBO Community,

 

I'm a sole proprietor.  In May, I purchased a rental property valued at $500,000.  For the sake of discussion, I invested $100,000 cash from my personal account and borrowed the balance using a mortgage under my personal name ($400,000).  For the remainder of the month of May, I made some minor business expenses on my personal credit card (let's say $1000).  Finally, as of June I opened a business account, registered my business as a sole proprietorship, and began using the business account for all transactions moving forward.

 

My questions for the community are:

- How best to categorize/report the use of personal funds to purchase the asset and take on the mortgage liability?

- How best to categorize/report the business expenses on my personal credit card?

 

I have tried searching online, but the best practices are unclear.  And, before someone comments, I am aware that mixing personal and business expenses is a mess and I will be keeping the accounts mutually exclusive going forward :).

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Real Estate Investing: Best practices for reporting business expenses made using your personal account (soleproprietor)

Hi JakeHolmer,

 

Making sure you're entering personal funds used for business means is imperative to make sure your books are correct. I can help point you in the right direction with this.

 

QuickBooks Online makes keeping track of your business and personal funds easy by allowing you to assign different accounts for both. I suggest reaching out to an accountant in order to make sure your accounts are set up correctly and your personal funds used for business expense are accounted for properly. If you don't have an accountant don't worry, we have your back. You can go to My Accountant>Find a pro to help to find one in your area to help.

 

Have a great day!