Probably a noob question which I can't see answered elsewhere.
I have started to use QB, with an established business - I'm entering data from 01/01/19 to get the hang of it all (we are a very small VAT registered business)
I've imported all the bank statements, and it all makes (sort of) sense. Our VAT returns are quarterly - Jan-March etc...
My problem is that in Jan 2019 we received a cheque for the Q3 2018 VAT return and in Feb 2019 we paid a VAT bill for Q4 2108.
I have no idea how to enter these two (presumably into VAT suspense account), so that it all balances out - as QB has no record of our VAT accounts prior to me first starting to use it (Q1 2019) - and so the 'Taxes' menu doesn't help me at all
As you can tell - I'm not an accountant.... basic assistance would be welcome!
You can create custom chart of accounts to allocate these prior transactions for VAT. For example, to record the VAT bill for Q4 2108, you can enter this as an expense and allocate it to an expense chart of account. To create the chart of account, go to Accounting > New and select 'expenses' as the account type and 'taxes paid' as the detail type.
For the cheque for the Q3 2018 VAT return, you can record this on a bank deposit and create an income account for this, such as 'VAT refund'.