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Add an account summary to an invoice in QuickBooks Online

SOLVEDby QuickBooks2Updated December 23, 2022

Learn how to add an account summary to your progress invoices in QuickBooks Online.

If you do projects for customers and bill them using progress invoicing, you can add an account summary to their invoices. This helps your customers stay informed and know the cost of their projects.

Add the account summary to an invoice

The account summary summarises your customer's info from the last year. It includes:

  • Balance Forward: The total amount due and any credit balance from the last invoice.
  • Payments and credits: All payments or credits since the last invoice.
  • New charges: The total amount of new charges and credits on the current invoice.
  • Total amount due: The customer's total balance.

Note: The account summary won't display on an invoice if the transactions that make up the balance forward are more than 1 year old.

To add account summaries to all of your customer invoices:

  1. Go to Settings and select Custom form styles.
  2. Find the invoice template you use, then select Edit ✎. Or select New style▼ dropdown and create a new custom template.
  3. Select the Content tab.
  4. In the form preview, select the body section and then Edit ✎.
  5. Select and check the Show on invoice checkbox. Note: You can’t select this option if you’re using an imported invoice style.
  6. Select Done.

Note: To remove an account summary from an invoice, uncheck the Show on invoice checkbox.

Create and send Balance Forward statements

Account summaries only show charges and payments made before you created the invoice. If you want to give your customers their complete transaction history, send them a Balance Forward statement.

  1. Go to Get paid & pay and select Customers (Take me there).
  2. Find the customer on the list.
  3. In the action column, select the Action menu ▼ icon, then Create statement.
  4. From the Statement Type▼ dropdown menu, select Balance Forward.
  5. Enter the Statement Date, Start Date, and End Date.
  6. Select Print or Preview or Save and send.

To add the details for each transaction in the statement:

  1. Go to Settings  and select Account and settings.
  2. Select Sales.
  3. In the Statements section, select Edit ✎.
  4. Select List each transaction including all detail lines.
  5. Select Save, then Done.

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