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Reclassify or move multiple transactions at once

Learn how to use the reclassify transactions tool to batch edit transactions for your client with QuickBooks Online Accountant.

Need to change the class or move multiple transactions to a different account? QuickBooks Online Accountant saves you time so you don’t have to edit them one at a time. Use the reclassify tool to make the same changes to multiple transactions at once.

Types of transactions you can’t move

You can use the reclassify tool for most types of transactions. Except those that tie to specific accounts and features:

  • You can change the class for invoices, cash memoscheques, or bills with items (products or services) on them. However, you can’t change the accounts.
  • You can’t change the payment account (bank or credit card) for expenses.
  • You can’t change the account or class for inventory adjustments since they’re connected to your inventory shrinkage and asset accounts.
  • You can change the expense account for billable expenses, but not the income account for the related income transactions.
  • You can manage your payroll transactions in the Payroll menu.
Note: Before you can move transactions to Accounts Receivable or Accounts payable, you need to have a customer or supplier associated with them. Don’t leave these fields blank.

Reclassify by location

Use the Reclassify feature to reclassify locations.

  1. Open your client's QuickBooks Online company.
  2. Go to Settings ⚙ and select Account and Settings.
  3. Select Advanced tab. Go to the Categories section and select Edit ✎.
  4. Select Track locations.
  5. From the Location label ▼ dropdown menu,  select Location.
  6. Select Save.

Set report options

You can create a rule to filter specific transactions that you need to reclassify by a certain date.

  1. Open your client's QuickBooks Online company.
  2. Select the Accountant Tools (briefcase) icon, then Report options.
  3. Set the date for when you get your report.

Reclassify and move transactions

You can use the reclassify tool to move transactions to similar accounts or change their class completely.

Note: You can reclassify accounts, classes, and sales tax codes in bulk.

  1. Open your client’s QuickBooks Online company. Select the Accountant Tools (briefcase) icon. Then, select Reclassify Transactions.
  2. From the Account types drop-down menu, select Profit and Loss to see income and expense accounts. Or select Balance Sheet to see your asset, liability, and equity accounts.

  3. From the Account list, select the account with the transactions you want to change.
  4. Use these filters:
    • Type: Filter by transaction type.
    • Class: Filter by transactions under a Class or no class. If it’s not available, turn on class tracking.
    • Customer/supplier: Filter for a specific customer or supplier.
    • Modify: Filter by transactions that you can modify.
    • GST: Filter for tax amounts.

    • You can select accrual to see all paid and unpaid transactions or cash to see only paid transactions.
    • Select Settings ⚙ above the net amount to hide columns or see all your hidden transactions.
  5. Select Find Transactions.
  6. Select the box for each transaction you want to change. Then select Reclassify.
  7. Select a new account to move the transactions to, or a new class from the drop-downs.

  8. When you’re ready, select Apply.

You can also use the reclassify tool for your personal transactions in QuickBooks Online Accountant. Select the Dashboard menu. Then select the Accountant Tools (briefcase) icon and Reclassify Transactions.

How does sales tax reclassification work?

You can reclassify sales tax by changing the GST codes for specific items. However, the total amount (Gross amount) won't change at the transaction level.

What about GST codes?

You can't reclassify GST codes in the following cases:

  • Transactions marked as "Out of scope" at the transaction level. For example, invoices that are set as out of scope at an invoice level can't be reclassified.
  • Transactions with discounts.

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