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acousticceilings
Level 1

We are a UK LTD company working in the construction industry. 

Some contractors we invoice keep a retention amount until the job is completed which we then have to apply to be released at a later date... is it possible to show this amount on an invoice as it is issued or as payment is made? or possibly to issue an invoice at a later date solely to release the retention?

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Best answer February 07, 2019

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JessT
QuickBooks Team

Hi acousticceilings!

I’ve got the steps to help you add a retention amount on your invoices. And yes, it’s possible to show the amount when you issue them. I’m glad to show you how.

Setting up retainage tracking:

  1. Create a Retainage account:

    a. Click the Gear icon.
    b. From the drop-down menu, select Chart of Accounts.
    c. In the Chart of Accounts, click New.
    d. For Category Type, select Other Current Assets.
    e. For Detail Type, select Retainage.
    f. For the Name, enter Retainage Receivable.
    g. Click Save.

  2. Create a Retainage item:
  3. a. Click the Gear icon.
    b. From the drop-down menu within the Lists section, select Products and Services.
    c. In the Products and Services window, click New.
    d. Enter a Name for the item (i.e. Retainage).
    e. Under Sales Information, place a check-mark next to I sell this product/service to my customers.
    f. Select the Retainage Receivable account from the Income Account drop-down.
    g. Click Save.

Withholding retainage from an invoice:

  1. Click the + symbol located at the top of the screen.
  2. Select Invoice.
  3. Select your customer.
  4. Fill out the remaining fields of the invoice, including the purchased line items.
  5. On the next available line of the invoice, select Retainage from the Product/Service column.
  6. In the Rate column, enter the amount of the retainage as a negative (-) number.
    Note: If your retainage is a percentage, you must calculate this manually.
  7. Click Save and Close.

In case you need a report in the future, you can follow these steps:

  1. Click the Gear icon.
  2. Select Chart of Accounts.
  3. Click once on the Retainage account line, to highlight it.
  4. Click the Report button, in the top-right corner.
  5. Click Customise, located in the top-left corner of the report window.
  6. Under Row/Columns, change Group By to Customer.
  7. Click Run Report.

You can save this report, so you won't have to do a lot of customisation when you need it in the future. For instructions, you can refer to the Memorised Reports article.

Feel free to come back here if you need anything else. Thanks!

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nelbach
Level 1
Quickbooks Pro 2018 won't let me assign Retainage Item I created as Other Current Asset for the Retainage Receivable account I created ??????????????????  Please advise.
JessT
QuickBooks Team

Hi acousticceilings!

I’ve got the steps to help you add a retention amount on your invoices. And yes, it’s possible to show the amount when you issue them. I’m glad to show you how.

Setting up retainage tracking:

  1. Create a Retainage account:

    a. Click the Gear icon.
    b. From the drop-down menu, select Chart of Accounts.
    c. In the Chart of Accounts, click New.
    d. For Category Type, select Other Current Assets.
    e. For Detail Type, select Retainage.
    f. For the Name, enter Retainage Receivable.
    g. Click Save.

  2. Create a Retainage item:
  3. a. Click the Gear icon.
    b. From the drop-down menu within the Lists section, select Products and Services.
    c. In the Products and Services window, click New.
    d. Enter a Name for the item (i.e. Retainage).
    e. Under Sales Information, place a check-mark next to I sell this product/service to my customers.
    f. Select the Retainage Receivable account from the Income Account drop-down.
    g. Click Save.

Withholding retainage from an invoice:

  1. Click the + symbol located at the top of the screen.
  2. Select Invoice.
  3. Select your customer.
  4. Fill out the remaining fields of the invoice, including the purchased line items.
  5. On the next available line of the invoice, select Retainage from the Product/Service column.
  6. In the Rate column, enter the amount of the retainage as a negative (-) number.
    Note: If your retainage is a percentage, you must calculate this manually.
  7. Click Save and Close.

In case you need a report in the future, you can follow these steps:

  1. Click the Gear icon.
  2. Select Chart of Accounts.
  3. Click once on the Retainage account line, to highlight it.
  4. Click the Report button, in the top-right corner.
  5. Click Customise, located in the top-left corner of the report window.
  6. Under Row/Columns, change Group By to Customer.
  7. Click Run Report.

You can save this report, so you won't have to do a lot of customisation when you need it in the future. For instructions, you can refer to the Memorised Reports article.

Feel free to come back here if you need anything else. Thanks!

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shunhe_pl
Level 1
1. Tried the solution and found that 2f. above should be "Retainage Receivable" instead of "Retainage Payable"?

2. Read on other website articles that this solution will result in Sales/Income to be the actual invoiced amount (before retainage is applied). Checked and this is true. In case you need to reduce the retainage in Sales/Income, how is it done?
Abacus Book-keeping Consultancy
Level 1

It may be worth noting that before these procedures can be followed, that it is necessary to switch 'discount' to On within the Sales Form Content section,  this is in the Sales page in Account & Settings chosen from the Gear Icon 

kg2020
Level 1

What do you do when it is time to receive payment for the retainage?  It is sitting in the "other asset" but has not really been billed since the invoice total is lowered by the negative amount entered.  Thanks. 

Rose-A
Moderator

Hi, kg2020.

 

To change the posting account of the retainage, you can create a Sales Receipt or apply it to an open invoice.

 

Below are the steps to complete the process:

 

  1. Click the +New in the left panel and select the Sales receipt.z.PNG
  2. Select the Customer name from the drop-down.
  3. From the Deposit to ▼ drop-down menu, select the separate account you created for retainage, your main operating account, or the account this money will be kept in.
  4. In the Product/Service column, select the Retainer or Deposit item you set up.x.PNG
  5. Enter the amount received for the retainer or deposit in the Rate or Amount column.
  6. Select Save and close.

For detailed information and additional recommended steps (proceed to Step 4), check out this article: Record a retainer or deposit.

 

Also, I'm including this article for your other reference: How to view Retained Earnings account details.

 

I appreciate your time today. Please know that I've got your back if you need help with QuickBooks.

OKFirePro
Level 1

Should you choose a "class" for retainage?  I've been using revenue, but that can't be correct, any help would be appreciated.

Mary102
Level 2

How do I receive the retainage when the customer pays it.  How come the retainage does  not show up in the customers account as money owed?

IamjuViel
QuickBooks Team

Hello there, @Mary102.

 

You'd want to create a retainage payable account on your Chart of Accounts. Let me show you how:

  1. Go to the Accounting menu.
  2. Choose the Chart of Accounts tab.
  3. Click New.
  4. Under the Account Type drop-down menu, select Other Current Liabilities.
  5. On the Detail Type drop-down menu, choose Other Current Liabilities.
  6. In the Name field, enter Retainage Payable.
  7. Click Save and Close.

Once completed, you can create a retainer service item. You can use it in creating a sales receipt or an invoice to record the amount you've received from your customers. Here's:

  1. Choose the Gear icon ⚙.
  2. Select Products and Services.
  3. Click New.
  4. From the Product/Service information panel, pick Service.
  5. Enter a name for the new product or service item (ex. Retainer).
  6. From the Income account ▼ drop-down menu, select Trust Liability Account.
  7. Click Save and close.

You can read through this article for more  detailed steps: Record a retainer or deposit.

 

Leave a comment below if you have other questions or concerns about tracking your income and expense transactions. I'm always here to help.