Learn how to record or pay back your employees' business-related expenses in QuickBooks Online.
If they used their personal funds to pay a business expense, you can pay them now or record the expense first and pay them later. We'll show you how.
|Note: If you need to reimburse a contractor, make sure they're set up as a vendor. Then, you can add a bill and pay it.|
How to pay your employee now
- Select + New.
- Select Check or Expense.
- Select the Payee ▼ drop-down and find the name of your employee.
- Select the Category ▼ drop-down, then select a liability account. Note: If you don't have one yet, you can add a new account. If you're using Online payroll, here's how you can create a reimbursement account.
- Enter the other information:
- Amount: Enter the amount owed to your employee. (Break down the amount into different line items if tracking or making billable for multiple customers.)
- Billable: (Optional) Check the box under Billable if you wish to offset the expense onto your customer's invoice.
- Customer: (Optional) Select a customer from the drop-down menu if you are looking to track the expense for a specific customer or customers. (Note: The Customer and Billable fields are not available in QBO Simple Start, but in QuickBooks Online Plus and Advanced you may turn on the feature. See How do I turn on Billable Expenses?)
- Select Save or Save and close.
How to record the expense for future payments
- Go to the Create ⨁ icon, then select Journal Entry.
- On the first line:
- Under Account, select your liability account.
- Under Credits, enter the amount you owe your employee.
- Select the Name ▼ drop-down and find the name of your employee.
- On the second line:
- Under Account, select the expense account that fits the purchase your employee made.
- Under Debits, enter the amount of purchase.
- Select Save and close.
After recording to your Journal Entry, you can now pay them using a check or expense.
How to check your employee reimbursements
If you haven't paid your employee in full, run a Transaction detail report to know how much you still owe them.
- Go to Reports, then search for Transaction Detail by Account.
- Open the report, then select Customize at the top.
- In the General section, select the Report period ▼ drop-down and choose the range of your transaction.
- In the Rows/Columns section, select the Group By ▼ drop-down, then Employee.
- In the Filter section, select the Distribution Account ▼ drop-down, then choose Employee Reimbursement account.
- Select the Employee ▼ drop-down, then choose your employee's name.
Note: If you want the report to show what you owe all employees, leave this set to All.
- Select Run report.