Learn how to use bank rules to automatically categorize transactions from your bank.
You can create rules that automatically categorize transactions for you. The more QuickBooks uses your bank rules, the better it gets at categorizing. After a while, it can even scan transactions and add details like payees.
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Step 1: Create a bank rule
Note: You can only have up to 2,000 bank rules.
- Go to Settings ⚙, then select Rules (Take me there).
- Select New rule.
- Enter a name in the What do you want to call this rule? field.
- From the Apply this to transactions that are ▼ dropdown, select Money in or Money out.
- From the in ▼ dropdown, select a bank or credit card account, or select All bank accounts.
- Set the rule conditions. You can set a single rule with up to 5 conditions. Set and include the following, then select + Add a condition.
- In the Conditions fields, specify whether the rule applies to Description, Bank text, or Amount. Then select Contains, Doesn't contain, or Is exactly to decide how QuickBooks applies the rules.
- Select the settings for the rule. Select the Transaction type, Category, Tags, and the Payee to apply.
- Select Save.
- (Optional) To reorder your bank rules priority, select reorder and drag the rule to your desired order. The rule with the highest priority will always be applied first.
QuickBooks automatically applies your rules to transactions in the For review tab. These are the ones you need to review every day.
- You can quickly add a rule for transactions in the For review tab. Just choose a transaction, then select Create a rule link to open the Rule Window and start setting conditions for the rule.
- You can Copy, Disable/Enable, or Delete bank rules from the Actions▼ dropdown on the Rules page.
Step 2: Review recognized transactions
You can view which downloaded transactions were recognized by a bank rule. While inside your For review tab, select Recognized from the All transactions ▼ dropdown menu. This will list all transactions that were recognized by any bank rule. You’ll also see a "Rule" label added to the transaction.
If everything looks good, select Add to move the transactions directly into an account in QuickBooks. You can also select and review it before you move it.
|Note: If QuickBooks doesn't know how to categorize a transaction, it uses the Uncategorized Income, Uncategorized Expense, or Uncategorized Asset accounts to temporarily hold them.|
You can't use these accounts to create bank rules.
Next steps: Set up the auto-add feature
You can create targeted rules so specific transactions are automatically accepted into your books from the Bank transactions (Take me there) page.
Tip: We recommend starting with easy, consistent transactions like rent or gas expenses first. Once you get the hang of the feature, you can use it to cover more transactions.
- Follow the steps to create a new bank rule.
- Select Automatically confirm transactions this rule applies to in the Rules window.
- Select Save.
After you create an auto-add rule, any transactions on the For review tab that meet the conditions are automatically added. Auto-add rules run when you sign in, upload a file, or create or modify a new auto-add rule.
If your bank rules aren't applying to transactions
If your bank rules aren't applying, it might be because you’re using a rule based on bank text when you meant to make a rule based on description, or vice versa. To explain the difference:
- The bank text is exactly the information QuickBooks receives from the bank. The bank text is the transaction you'd see listed in your bank account or on your bank statement
- The description is a simplified version of the bank text to make it easier to understand. For example, QuickBooks might simplify bank text by just giving the vendor name.
By default, QuickBooks shows the description in your list of transactions. To show the bank text instead:
- Go to Transactions, then select Bank transactions (Take me there).
- Select the Settings ⚙ within the Bank transactions section.
- Select Show bank details.