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Categories in QuickBooks Self-Employed

You gave us feedback that you wanted help organizing your expenses more accurately. We heard you!

We updated existing categories and created new ones. Rest assured, we didn't delete any. We simply renamed many of them so it's easier to identify where your expenses belong. We applied these changes to your past expenses so that all your expenses are consistently categorized. You can pick up right where you left off.

Heads up : If you can't find a specific category, don't panic. All our categories feed into broad (and sometimes not intuitive) IRS Schedule C categories. (This is the form for claiming self-employed income and expenses.) Select whichever category makes the most sense to you and we'll make sure your expenses go where they belong in Schedule C.

Categories we renamed


Computers | New name: Computers (asset, usually > $200)
Copiers | New name: Copiers (asset, usually > $200)
Furniture | New name: Furniture (asset, usually > $200)
Phone equipment | New name: Phone (asset, usually > $200)
Photo/Video equipment | New name: Photo/video equipment (> $200)
Software package/suite | New name: Apps/software/web services (> $200)
  Tools/equipment |   New name:   Other tools and equipment (> $200)

Business income:

  Business Income |   New name:       Income  

Car and Truck:

Car & Truck | New name: Other vehicle expenses
Auto Insurance | New name: Vehicle insurance
Auto Loan | New name: Vehicle loan interest
Auto Repairs | New name: Vehicle repairs
  Registration |   New name:   Vehicle registration

Commissions and Fees:

  Commissions & Fees |   New name:   Other commissions and fees


  HSA Contribution |   New name:       Health Savings Account contribution  

Home office expenses:

Home Office Mortgage Interest | New name: Mortgage interest (home office)
Home Office Home/Rental Insurance | New name: Homeowner/rental insurance
Home Office Rent & Lease | New name: Rent and lease (home office)
Home Office Repairs & Maintenance | New name: Repairs and maintenance (home office)
Home Office Property Tax | New name: Property tax (home office)
Home Office Utilities | New name: Utilities (home office)
  Home Office Other Expenses |   New name:   Other home office expenses

Interest paid:

Interest Paid | New name: Other interest
Business Loan | New name: Business loan interest
  Business Mortgage |   New name:   Mortgage interest


  Materials & Supplies |   New name:   Supplies

Office expenses:

  Office Expenses |   New name:   Office supplies/postage

Personal deposit:

  Owner's Deposit |   New name:   Personal deposit

Personal withdrawal:

  Owner's Withdrawal |   New name:   Personal withdrawal

Taxes and Licenses:

Taxes & Licenses | New name: Other taxes
  Business Property Tax |   New name:   Property tax

Travel expenses:

  Travel |   New name:   Travel expenses

New categories we added


      Listing fees  

Car and Truck:

Vehicle loan

Commissions and Fees:

Transaction/processing fees
  Referral/broker/selling fees


  Other property insurance

Interest paid:

  Business loan

Home office expenses:

  Mortgage (home office)

Office expenses:

  Shipping fees

Rent and Lease:

  Equipment rent and lease

Other business expenses:

Apps/software/web services
Other tools and equipment
Photo/Video Equipment

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