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How to Record Your Transactions: Bookkeeping Tips from Amy Northard, CPA

Aisle Planner Bookkeeping Tips

We all love that email confirmation that our invoice has been paid, but what happens afterwards, when it’s time to record that transaction in your bookkeeping? Let’s walk through, step-by-step, what’s going on in the back end of things when you accept an online payment through Aisle Planner’s invoicing feature.

  1. The client pays your invoice by entering their payment information. Let’s say their invoice was $1,000.
  2. Once they hit submit, $1,000 comes out of their bank account and is transferred into the Stripe payment processing account that Aisle Planner sets up for you when you set up your payment account.
  3. Since Stripe did all the hard work of gathering that money, they want their share so they’ll take 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction for credit card processing or 1.3% for ACH payments. We’ll call those processing fees.
  4. Now you’re left with $970.70 because you paid $29.30 in processing fees.
  5. The $970.70 is then transferred from Stripe to your business checking account.

This all seems simple enough, right? But what about reporting all those steps in your bookkeeping? It may seem like having Aisle Planner linking directly to your bookkeeping software is the best answer, but other systems have tried it and I (an accountant for creatives) end up dealing with the mess created by it. We’re talking missing transactions, duplicated income, etc.

To keep things nice and simple, you’ll want to treat the newly created Stripe account like it’s a bank account for your business. When $1,000 is deposited to Stripe (happens when the client pays), you record that full $1,000 as Income. When the $29.30 fee is taken out, you’ll record that as a Bank Fee Expense (or something similar). When the remainder is transferred to your checking account, label that a transfer in your bookkeeping software so it’s not double-counted as income.

They key is making sure you report the income at the full amount of the invoice and the processing fee separately and not just what you end up receiving into your checking account.

If you’re still struggling with how to report invoice payments in your specific bookkeeping software (they are all so different!), taking some time now to talk with an accountant about the best process for your software will save you so many headaches when it comes to tax time!

 

About the Author

Amy Northard
Amy Northard

This guest post was written by Amy Northard. Amy is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who has a passion for working with creative entrepreneurs all over the US and making the tax and accounting side of owning a business less stressful. For more tax tips and to learn about Amy’s Be Your Own CFO course, visit her website.

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