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Quickbooks Error H101, H202, H303 and H505

emotiguy-1654864_960_720Have you encountered the H101, H202, H303 or H505 error message when attempting to open your Quickbooks company file? It’s frustrating when errors such as these occur, especially when you’re trying to conduct other work like keeping track of your business income and/or expenses. However, Quickbooks provides these errors with unique codes so you’ll know what’s causing them and how to fix them.

The H202 error message, for instance, often appears when you attempt to open a company file located on a different computer, yet your copy of Quickbooks can’t reach the server on which the other copy is stored. The H202 error message may also occur when you have shared connections set up on your company but the actual Quickbooks software can’t connect to the host computer.

According to Intuit, the H101, H303 and H505 error messages may all occur when you attempt to work with a company file located on a different computer, but that computer needs additional installation and/or setup.

So, how do you fix these errors? First and foremost, download and run the Quickbooks File Doctor Tool. Available for free through Intuit’s own website, this tool is designed to identify and fix a wide range of problems. After downloading the tool to your computer, go ahead and open it, at which point it should scan your computer for possible problems associated with Quickbooks. If the tool finds any problems, it will provide recommendations on how to fix them.

If the File Doctor Tool did not find, or fix, the problem, you should verify your hosting next. This is done by accessing File > Utilities > at which point you should see whether or not your computer is hosting the company file. If your computer is hosting the company file, it will reveal “Host Multi-User Access.” If you see “Stop Hosting Multi-User Access,” select this option.  Choose “Yes” to confirm, followed by “Yes” in the “Company File Must be Closed” window. Repeat these steps for each computer. This should eliminate many problems associated with the H101, H202, H303 and H505 error messages.

In the event that you are still struggling to open your Quickbooks company file, contact your respective hosting provider for assistance. If you are using a Hosted version of Quickbooks, your hosting provider should offer help with problems such as these.

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How to Merge Accounts in Quickbooks

edit-1105049_960_720If you are currently using two similar accounts in Quickbooks, you may want to merge them into a single account. This is beneficial for several reasons: it keeps your transactions neatly together; reduces the risk of discrepancies; and improves overall efficiency. So, how exactly do you merge accounts in Quickbooks?

Before we begin, it’s important to note that merging is not reversible. If you merge two accounts and want to “undo” the process later, you are out of luck. The only solution is to manually edit the merged account and create a new account. For this reason, it’s recommended that you proceed carefully when merging accounts.

To merge two of your accounts, log into the Quickbooks accounting software and select the Gear icon > Chart of Accounts > in the Action column, select Edit for the account you wish to keep (not the account you wish to delete) > Copy the Name of the account and make a note of whether or not the Sub-account option is marked. If it’s marked as a Sub-account, you’ll also need to make a note of the parent account to which it is tied. When you are finished, click Cancel to return back to the Chart of Accounts screen.

Next, go back to the account that you want to delete and click the Edit link in the Action column. From here, paste in the Name, double-checking to ensure the Detail Type matches the account you are merging with it. If either of these accounts are sub-accounts, you’ll also need to make sure they are associated with the same parent. If only one of these accounts is a sub-account, you can make it a parent account by selecting the Sub-account option (see above). When you are finished, click Save, followed by Yes when it asks you to confirm that you wish to merge the two accounts together.

It’s also worth mentioning that there are certain accounts in which the Type is permanent and cannot be changed, nor can they be merged into an existing account. One example is an Uncategorized Asset account. If a user with Online Banking tries to change his or her Type to another type of a different account, they’ll receive an error message preventing them from doing so. This is because the account type is reserved for the Online Banking system.

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Quickbooks: How to Transfer Funds Between Accounts

light-bulb-1002783_960_72033Looking to transfer funds between your different financial accounts? Well, using the Quickbooks accounting software, you can do this and more. Intuit’s popular and long-running line of accounting software makes fund transfers between two or more accounts a breeze. For step-by-step instructions on how to do this, keep reading.

Quickbooks allows fund transfers between checking, savings and money market accounts, assuming these transfers are performed in your chart of accounts. Keep in mind, however, that you cannot transfer funds between A/P and A/R accounts. If you need to transfer funds from a savings account to a checking account, for instance (for the purpose of covering payroll), you’ll have to transfer the funds from your checking account to your petty cash account, simply because Quickbooks does not support this type of transfer.

So, when you are ready to transfer funds between two or more accounts, log into your Quickbooks accounting software and access the Banking menu > Transfer Funds > at which point you should see a new window appear > select the account that you wish to transfer funds from > select the account that you wish to transfer funds to > enter the amount of the transfer > save the transaction. Congratulations, you’ve just transferred funds between your accounts using the Quickbooks software!

Keep in mind that if you choose to transfer funds into your petty cash account, you must also move or withdraw the real funds too. So if you transfer $100 from your savings account to your petty cash account, you must then cash a check for $100 or withdraw $100 using an ATM card. Failure to perform this step could throw off your books.

You can easily perform this operation using an ATM withdrawal, however, by following just a few extra steps. Start by accessing the Baking menu > Transfer Funds > Transfer Funds drop-down arrow > select the bank account that you withdrew money from > Transfer Funds > Petty Cash or drawer account > enter the amount of the withdrawal > in the Memo field, enter ATM withdrawal > save the transfer.

Hopefully, this will give you a better idea of how to transfer funds using Quickbooks. Most business owners have more than one financial account, and it’s not uncommon for them to transfer funds between these accounts. Using the Quickbooks accounting software, you can perform these transfers in minutes. Just follow the steps listed above when you need to transfer funds between two or more accounts.

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How to Track Expenses by Class, Department or Location

at-1019738_960_720One of the perks of using the Quickbooks accounting software is the ability to track your expenses based on a variety of criteria. You can track any business-related expense by department lo location using something known as “classes.” Basically, each class is a unique field that’s used to track a specific type of expense.

Quickbooks allows users to assign classes to their transactions. You can use these classes to track expenses by department, type, location, or pretty much anything else. For instance, you could create a specific class for utility bills, another class for business-related travel expenses, and another one for taxes. Using these classes helps by keeping all of your related expenses neatly together.

When setting up class tracking in Quickbooks, though, there are a few things to consider. First and foremost, it’s important to note that class tracking should be set up on the basis of the type of reporting you wish to do. Also, you should consider the way in which your business will be segmented based on these reports.

It’s also a good idea to set up a genetic “catch all” class for miscellaneous expenses that do not fit into your classes. This class can be titled either miscellaneous or “other,” both of which are perfectly acceptable. This class should be used for all expenses that do not fit into your existing classes.

To set up class tracking in Quickbooks, simply choose Preferences > Edit > Accounting > Company Preferences. From here, select the “Use class tracking” option followed by “OK.” Quickbooks will then ask you to save the changes, at which point you should select “Yes.” In the Preference window that appears, select the “Payroll & Employees” button. Double-check to make sure the “Full payroll” is selected in the features section. Now, choose the “Job Costing, Class and Item tracking for paycheck expenses” option. If you wis hto assign a single class to a complete payroll, select “Entire paycheck.” But if you wish to assign multiple classes to each item in the paycheck, select “earnings item.” When you are finished, click OK to save the changes and close the window. Sorry if you were expecting more, but that’s all it takes to set up class tracking in Quickbooks!

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Creating a New Budget in Quickbooks

coins-1015125_960_720334Are you trying to create a new budget in Quickbooks? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re going to walk you through the steps of creating a new budget in Intuit’s popular Quickbooks accounting software.

When you are ready to begin, go ahead and fire up your Quickbooks accounting software, at which point you should select Company > Planning and Budgeting > Set Up Budgets. This should open a new window titled “Create New Budget,” which as the name suggests allows users to create new budgets. Keep in mind, however, that if you’ve already created a budget, Quickbooks will display the “Set Up Budgets” window instead. If you see this window, you’ll need to select the “Create New Budget” icon to display the appropriate window.

Next, you need to specify the fiscal period for which you are budgeting. The buttons within the aforementioned window allow you to specify this information. If you are budgeting for 2016, for instance, simply choose the year 2016 by selecting the buttons.

You must now decide whether to create a profile and loss or balance sheet budget. When creating a profit and loss budget, you must choose the “Profit and Loss” button > Next > and then repeat the steps mentioned above. When creating a balance sheet, simply click the “Balance Sheet” button > Finish > and repeat the steps mentioned above.

So, what’s the difference between these two formats? Profit and loss budgets include budgets for the amount of revenue or expense that you expect for the defined period. On the other hand, a balance sheet budget is a budget for the ending account balance, or in other words the ending account balance for the asset, liability or equity for the defined period.

You aren’t out of the woods just yet, as there are a few other steps you must take to create a budget. In the “Additional Profit and Loss” window, you’ll need to specify the additional profit and loss budget. This step is only necessary, however, when creating a profit and loss budget, in which case you’ll need to choose the “Customer:Job” button to see the extended budget with the Job details, followed by “Class” to include the class in your budget or “No Additional Criteria.”

If you want to budget by class, you’ll need to enable class tracking. You can read through previous blog posts published here for more information on how to enable class tracking in Quickbooks.

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How to Void a Check in a Closed Period

checklist-1622517_960_720Quickbooks allows users to “close” periods so that transaction data cannot be altered or otherwise changed. Once you’ve finished your books for the year, for instance, you may want to close it off. This ensures all of your data remains intact in case you need to refer back to it. But what if there’s a check in a closed period that you still need to void?

As explained by Intuit, voiding a check in a closed period prompts a warning that it could affect reports from the prior period. Of course, this shouldn’t come as a surprise given the fact that closed periods are intended to prevent inaccuracies while preserving a business’s books for the said period.

If you void a check that was tied to an expense account, Quickbooks will automatically create a journal entry to prevent bookkeeping problems later down the road. This is certainly helpful. Unfortunately, though, it’s often not enough to prevent inaccuracies created from voided checks in a closed period.

So, what if you need to a void a check that’s connected to an expense account? In this case, Quickbooks will automatically create two separate journal entries to preserve your books. The first journal is actually a duplicate of the accounting entry found on the check, while the second journal entry is a “reversing” entry with a current date that reverses the accounting information on the check.

Keep in mind that when you void a check, you’ll have the option to override the automatic creation of these journal entries. Quickbooks will display a message, asking if you would like to create the aforementioned journal entries. Simply choose the “No, just void the check” option to bypass these journal entries. If you tell Quickbooks NOT to create them, however, you may find yourself struggling to balance your account for the closed period later down the road. This is why it’s generally a good idea to go ahead and allow Quickbooks to create the two journal entries.

Also, when voiding a check that’s connected to a separate, non-expense account, Quickbooks may notify you, telling you that the voided check could affect your financial reports. This includes checks connected to items, bill payments, paychecks, payroll and sales tax.

The bottom line is that you need to use caution when making any changes on a closed period. Even small changes could affect your bookkeeping. So if you void a check in a closed period, it’s best to allow Quickbooks to create the journal entries.

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How to Add Tax to a Quickbooks Invoice

edit-1105049_960_720When you sell a product or service to a customer, that customer is typically required to pay a sales tax. Each state has its own set tax amount for this purpose. In Alabama, for instance, consumers pay a flat 4% sales tax. In Florida, the rate is even higher at 6% with a total maximum of 7.5% in some areas.

Business owners should set up their invoices to include this sales tax; otherwise, they could find themselves in hot water. Failure to collect sales tax may result in audits and/or corrective actions. Thankfully, the Quickbooks accounting software makes sales tax a breeze. In just a few quick and easy steps, you can set up your invoices to automatically include sales tax using the Quickbooks accounting software. Here’s how you do it.

When you access an invoice generated by Quickbooks, you’ll notice that it has an option for either Taxable or Non-Taxable. Conventional wisdom should lead you to believe that this is where you set the tax for your customers. Assuming the item is taxable, and you’ve marked with the customer with the appropriate tax code, Quickbooks will automatically add the sales tax. Just remember to double-check the Taxable and Non-Taxable field on your invoices, ensuring that “Taxable” is checked. If it’s not checked, Quickbooks will not generate the tax for your customers. But if you check it, Quickbooks will generate the tax.

But now you might be wondering how to set the sales tax code, which requires an entirely different approach. To set the sales tax code, access the Sales Tax Preference window, followed by Taxable or Non-Taxable from the drop-down list (varies depending on the type of tax code you wish to set up), and then <Add New>. Next, enter a 3-digit sales tax code in the New Sales Tax Code Window, along with a description for it. When you are finished, click OK to complete the setup and save your changes. You may repeat these steps to set up any new sales tax codes. Lastly, click Taxable and Non-Taxable drop-down lists once more and choose a default sales tax code for each.

Setting up sales tax is an important step in running a small business. Unfortunately, it’s also something that many small business owners overlook. By following the steps listed here, though, you can set it up using the Quickbooks accounting software.

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How to Change Your Company Address

2222141414It’s not uncommon for companies to move their headquarters. Maybe you’re looking to target a new market, or perhaps there’s simply a larger office space for lease. Regardless, there are dozens of reasons why companies to move to new locations. But when you move to a new location, you’ll need to update your books to reflect the new address — and this includes updating your company address in Quickbooks.

Quickbooks supports many different functions, including payroll, revenue, expenses, and much more. In order for it to work, though, you’ll need the correct address of your company listed; otherwise, invoices and other business-related documents will contain your old, outdated address. Thankfully, there’s a quick and easy way to chance your company address in Quickbooks, and we’re going to reveal the steps necessary to do it.

To change your company address, go ahead and fire up your Quickbooks accounting software. Next, access “Company Information,” at which point you’ll see various information about your company (including the address). You can then delete the old address and enter the new, correct address. Double-check the changes to make sure the address is correct and click “OK” to save. Sorry if you were expecting more, but that’s all it takes to change your company address in Quickbooks!

But even after you update your company address, customers may still not see it on your invoice. That’s because some users turn off their address on invoices, meaning customers won’t see it. To fix this issue, click the gear-shaped icon with your company name, followed by “Custom Form Styles,” at which point you can scroll through your list of templates and select the one you typically use. From here, choose “Header,” followed by “Address,” and “Save.” This essentially allows you to toggle on or off your company address in invoices. With the “Address” option toggled off, your invoices won’t display your address. With the option toggled on, your company address is displayed on invoices.

Hopefully, this will give you a better idea of how to update your company address in Quickbooks. Anytime your company changes its address, you should immediately go into Quickbooks and update your information. Keeping accurate records is paramount to presenting your company in the most positive light, which usually translates into a higher level of customer/client satisfaction.

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How to Add Attachments to Your Quickbooks Transactions

folder-303891_960_720Transactions are arguably one of the most important elements in Quickbooks. They list all of your incoming revenue and outgoing expenses. As such, business owners and accountants should include as much information about the respective transaction when using them. But did you also know that you can upload and add attachments to your transactions?

If you’re the owner of a construction company and recently purchased some tools from a local hardware store, for instance, you’ll probably want to keep the receipt for tax purposes. Assuming the expense was business-related — which it was in this example — you can deduct it from your taxes. Using the Quickbooks accounting software, you can scan and attach a copy of the receipt to the respective transaction. While there’s no rule stating that you must perform this task, doing so promotes neat and tidy bookkeeping by keeping all of your records together.

Scanned receipts aren’t the only attachment you can add to transactions; you can also upload contracts, images and bills.

Now that you know a little bit about why you should upload attachments to your Quickbooks transactions, you might be wondering how to do it. There are actually four separate areas in Quickbooks that support attachments, including the actual attachments page, the individual transactions forms, blank feeds page, and the register.

When uploading attachments on the attachments page, simply click the gear icon followed by “Attachments.” From here, you can scan through the directories on your computer or storage device to locate the attachment. After selecting the attachment, drag and drop it into the appropriate field, at which point the attachment will be added to the transaction.

But what if you want to upload an attachment to a new transaction? This is done by clicking the + icon, followed by another + icon, at which point you can scroll down to the “Attachments” section and drag and drop the attachments.

Keep in mind that you can sort attachments by amount. Clicking the “Edit” button allows you to change the amount in the File Name or Notes field. After doing so, you can click on the Name or Note in the header to sort it by that column.

You can also scroll the attachment preview window using your mouse.

Following the steps listed above should allow you to create and upload an attachment to a transaction in Quickbooks.

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How to Change the Save Location of Your Company File

window-44225The company file (extension .QBW) is the heart and soul of a Quickbooks account. It contains all of your transactions, financial data, letters, customized logos, templates, images and more, all of which are located in a convenient and easily accessible file. Whenever you make a change to your Quickbooks account, your company file is updated to reflected the change.

You can open your company file simply by logging into your account and choosing File > Open Company, at which point you can navigate to the appropriate drive or location where the file is stored. Intuit recommends opening your company file using this method rather than double-clicking the file outside of Quickbooks. If you attempt to open your company file outside of Quickbooks, it could render some functions inaccessible. To err on the side caution, try to get into the habit of opening your company file within the Quickbooks program.

By default, Quickbooks saves the company file to C:\Users\Public\Documents\Intuit\QuickBooks\yourcompanyfile.qbw. If you ever need to transfer it, refer to this location on your computer’s hard drive. But what if you want to change the default location of where your company file is stored? Thankfully, there’s a quick and easy way to do this.

To change the location where your company file is stored, navigate to its current location, at which point you should right-click the file and select “Copy.” It’s important to choose Copy rather than Cut, as this may prevent you from changing its location. After copying your company file, navigation to the new location where you want to save it, right-click on an open area and select “Paste.” Assuming you copied the file, this should paste a new copy in this location.

You aren’t out of the woods just yet. Go ahead and open your Quickbooks software and choose ‘Open or restore an existing company,” followed by “Open a company file.” Click “Next” to proceed, at which point you’ll see a new window appear. Within this window, navigate to the new location of your copied company file. Select the file to highlight it and click “Open.”  Your company file should now appear on the login screen.

Following the steps listed above should allow you to change the location where your Quickbooks company file is saved. It’s always a good idea to back up your company file before making any changes to it, including changing its save location.

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