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Opening Balance question

i had to create a journal entry to add an opening balance to my checking account in quickbooks, since i didn't do this when i created the account.

I have a bank feed transaction in my Owners Equity Investment account, it was the cash deposited into the checking account upon opening it. Now that I have both of those transactions in quickbooks (the journal entry, and the bank feed categorized as Owners Equ. Inv.) Can I delete one, and change the journal entry to line one being opening balance and line two a negative of the amount from owners equity investment? Am i understanding this correctly?

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Best answer November 23, 2019

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Level 15

Opening Balance question

Delete the journal entry


the cash deposit assign to owner equity or owner equity investment

 

For a company taxed as a sole proprietor (schedule C) or partnership (form 1065), I recommend you have the following for owner/partner equity accounts  (one set for each partner if a partnership)

[name] Equity (do not post to this account it is a summing account)
>> Equity
>> Equity Drawing - you record value you take from the business here
>> Equity Investment - record value you put into the business here

 

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Level 15

Opening Balance question

Journal entries should be the exception when using QB, they often do not work as you think they should, and when you use inventory type items they never work for inventory. It is much better to use the forms on the home page the way QB is designed to be used. Journal entries also bypass accrual/cash reporting, and will not show on many reports.

 

The increase in owner equity investment is the correct source account for the deposit.

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Level 3

Opening Balance question

@Rustler  Thank you for your reply, your other replies throughout the quickbooks community have been noticeably helpful for me!

I understand the issue with journal entries, this is the only one i have had to do, and would prefer a way around having to keep it on my books.

So, after doing more research on the topic, I am wondering if it would be better to not have created the journal entry (delete it), and instead;

Categorized the bank feed deposit differently, this bank feed deposit was a cash deposit from my own funds for opening the business checking account.

Should I have categorized it as "opening equity balance" and then next line: "Owners equity investment", with a negative of that cash deposit amount? Would this make sense and then clear the balance in the "open balance equity" account correctly?

 

I appreciate your time!!

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Level 15

Opening Balance question

Delete the journal entry


the cash deposit assign to owner equity or owner equity investment

 

For a company taxed as a sole proprietor (schedule C) or partnership (form 1065), I recommend you have the following for owner/partner equity accounts  (one set for each partner if a partnership)

[name] Equity (do not post to this account it is a summing account)
>> Equity
>> Equity Drawing - you record value you take from the business here
>> Equity Investment - record value you put into the business here

 

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Level 3

Opening Balance question

@Rustler  Great! Thank You.

 

Taxed as a sole proprietor.

I deleted the journal entry and am now left with the cash deposit assigned to Equity Investment. and nothing posted to Open Balance Equity.

 

I have never posted to my first Equity account on the list, only Equity Investment or Equity Draw. I'm correct in doing so?

 

Again, thanks!

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Level 15

Opening Balance question

During the year that is fine.  Usually at the start of the new year after any income tax adjustments are made, you roll up the draw and investment accounts into owner equity.  OBE should be zero after you roll it up too.

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