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Create a new account in your chart of accounts

Learn how to add new accounts in your chart of accounts.

Chart of accounts is the nuts and bolts of your accounting. And it’s already set up and customised for you. But if you need new accounts to keep track of your transactions, you can always add more. We’ll show you how.

Tip: Moving from QuickBooks Desktop or have another QuickBooks Online company? Save time by moving your existing accounts instead.

Add a new account

  1. Select Settings ⚙and then Chart of Accounts.
  2. Select New, then choose the account type.
  3. Find the detail type that fits the transactions you want to track. Learn more about detail types if you have questions.
  4. Give your new account a name. You can use the info under the detail type to add a name that fits this new account. You can also add a description.
  5. If you’re adding a subaccount, select Is sub-account of and then enter the parent account. Get more help with adding parent accounts and subaccounts.
  6. Add the account’s balance and then specify the “as of” date. Only some account types need this, like bank, card, asset, and liability.
  7. Select Save and Close. If you want to add another one, select the small arrow ▼ and then Save and New.

Add an account when recording a transaction

If you find you need another account when recording a check, bill, or some other transactions, you can easily add one.

In the transaction, select the small arrow ▼ in the Category column. Then select + Add new.

Added a new bank account?

Connect it to your real bank. If you connect, QuickBooks automatically downloads and categorises your bank and card transactions for you. Then all you have to do is approve the work.

Get help with organising your accounts

Keep your chart of accounts straightforward. Here are things you can do to organise your accounts:

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