Re: Hi, I am new to QB Simple and I'm a retailer. What label do I categorize expenses pertaining to goods I purchase for resale? (These would be completed goods for resale).
Assuming purchase for resale means you are stocking those items on hand
With simple start and essentials there is no inventory function, so you have to use periodic inventory
There are two ways to do periodic inventory, choose one and stick with it, you can not mix and match
1. (my preference) Create an asset account called purchases and post all purchases of item for resale to that account. Periodically, weekly, monthly, etc value the inventory on hand, subtract that value from the amount shown in the purchases account and do a journal entry for the answer to the subtraction debit COGS for that value credit purchases for that value
2. Post all purchases to COGS. Periodically, but at least at the end of the year, you value the inventory on hand and do a journal entry. debit the asset purchases account for that value credit COGS for that value
Print the P&L then reverse the journal entry debit COGS for that same value credit the asset purchases account for that value
This last journal entry, moves the value of what was on hand at the end of year back to COGS so the cost will be counted against the new year sales.