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How do I record tax withheld by my customer?

by Intuit Updated 1 week ago

Learn how to account for a withholding tax deduction on a customer invoice.

Some customers are required to deduct tax from their invoice payment and then pay that tax to the government. This is sometimes called "withholding tax."

If your customer pays their invoice but withholds tax, use a credit note to charge off the withholding tax as an expense. This also marks their invoice as paid in full. We'll show you how to get this done.

Step 1: Set up a withholding tax expense account

  1. Go to Settings ⚙ and select Chart of accounts (Take me there).
  2. Select New.
  3. From Account Type dropdown, select Other Expense.
  4. From Detail Type dropdown, select Other Expense.
  5. Name the account "Withholding Tax Expense", then Save.

Step 2: Set up a withholding tax expense item

  1. Go to Settings ⚙, then select Products & services (Take me there).
  2. Select New, then choose Service.
  3. Name the item "Withholding Tax".
  4. From Income account dropdown, select the withholding tax expense account that you’ve just created.
  5. Save and close.

Step 3: Create a credit note

To create the credit note:

  1. Select + New.
  2. Select Credit Note.
  3. Under Product/Service column, select the withholding tax item.
  4. Add the tax amount withheld by your customer.
  5. Add other important info including your customer’s name, and then Save and close.

Step 4: Use the credit note on the invoice payment

  1. Select + New.
  2. Select Receive Payment.
  3. Select the customer’s name.
  4. Under the Outstanding Transactions section, select your customer’s invoice.
  5. Under the Credits section, find and select the credit note you created.
  6. Save and close.
Tip:You only need to set up the withholding tax account and item once. The next time you have to charge off withholding tax, just use your existing withholding tax item.

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