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How to Record a Sales Receipt in QuickBooks 2014

To bill a customer in QuickBooks, you create an invoice. To record the fact that you sold the customer some item — presumably because the customer simultaneously purchases and pays for the item or service — you don’t invoice the customer. Rather, you create a sales receipt. A sales receipt looks very, very similar to an invoice.

However, it doesn’t include shipping information (because that’s irrelevant), and it lets you record the amount that the customer pays.

To record a sales receipt when appropriate, choose the Customers→Enter Sales Receipts command and then follow these steps:

  1. In the Enter Sales Receipts window, use the Customer:Job box to describe the customer or, optionally, the customer and job.

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  2. Use the Class drop-down list to identify the class if you’re performing class tracking.

    You can customize a sales receipt in the same basic way that you customize an invoice form.

  3. Provide the sales receipt header info.

    A sales receipt, like an invoice, includes some header information. Specifically, the sales receipt includes a sales receipt date and a sales number. The sales receipt also includes a Sold To box, which shows the customer name and address. You should confirm that this information is correct — and it should be if you’re recording timely sales receipts and have an up-to-date customer list.

  4. Use the Item column to describe the items that you’re selling.

    The Item column of a sales receipt works exactly the same way as the Item column of an invoice. Therefore, rather than repeat myself, go back to the earlier discussion of how this column works.

  5. (Optional) If you want, enter a customer message in the footer area of the Enter Sales Receipts window.

    If you’ve added other footer information to the Enter Sales Receipts window — because you’ve customized the sales receipt form template — you can include that information, too.

  6. Describe where the sales proceeds go.

    In the bottom-left corner, the Enter Sales Receipts window may show a Deposit To drop-down list. Use this drop-down list to indicate what to do with the money that you receive from this sale.

    If you immediately deposit the amount in a bank account, select the account into which you want to deposit the check. If you want to batch this receipt with a bunch of other receipts — maybe you’re going to deposit the day’s receipts together in one lump sum — select Group with Other Undeposited Funds.

    If you don’t see the Deposit To drop-down list, you may have indicated (perhaps even inadvertently) during setup that you want QuickBooks to assume that funds are deposited into an undeposited funds account. This probably works just fine.

    If you do want to specify an account where sales proceeds go when you record the sales receipt, choose the Edit→Preferences command, click the Payments icon, click the Company Preferences tab, and then deselect Use Undeposited Funds As a Default Deposit To Account.

  7. (Optional) To print a copy of the receipt, click the Print button.

    When you've printed the receipt, you can hand it to your customer.

    The Previous, Next, Find, Spelling, Show/Hide History, and Time/Cost buttons in the Enter Sales Receipts window work identically to the same buttons in the Create Invoices window.

  8. Click the Save & Close or Save & New button to save the sales receipt.

    These buttons work the same way in the Enter Sales Receipts window as they do in the Create Invoices window.

    Both the Create Invoices window and the Enter Sales Receipts window include a Print Later check box in the toolbar on the Main tab. If you select this check box, QuickBooks adds the invoice or sales receipt to its list of unprinted invoices or sales receipts.

    You can print invoices and sales receipts that appear on either side of these lists by choosing the File→Print Forms command and then choosing either the Invoices or Sales Receipt command. There’s also an Email Later check box that you can select if you want to e-mail a receipt later.

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