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How to Record Handwritten Checks in QuickBooks Desktop and Online?

Recording handwritten checks in QuickBooks helps businesses, provide information

Recording handwritten checks in QuickBooks helps businesses, provide information for financial statements and tax returns, identify opportunities and trends, and support decision-making, such as pricing products and services. 

The handwritten checks could be the checks issued to vendors or those checks that you may have forgotten to record.

After recording the checks, you may need to manually clear them or reconcile the accounts to ensure clear and accurate accounting records.

How to record handwritten checks in QuickBooks Desktop?

Part 1: Access the “Check” option

Step: 1 Go to check

  • Go to ‘+New.’
  • Click on the vendor’s section and select ‘Check.’

Step 2: Enter check details

  • Put the date when the check was issued.
  • Ensure that the ‘Print later’ box is unchecked.
  • Mention the check number.

Part 2:

Step 1: Navigate to the Pay to order section.

  • Select the name of the company or person towards whom the check was made under the ‘Pay to Order’ section.
  • Enter the amount of the check.
  • Select the appropriate account from the account column.

Step 2: Review and save

  • Mention any other necessary details on the page.
  • Click on ‘Save’ to record the check in QuickBooks.

Note: You do not have to print the check because it has already been issued.

How to record handwritten checks in QuickBooks Online?

Part 1: Access the “Add check” option

Step 1: Go to check

  • Navigate to ‘Accounting’ from the left navigation menu.
  • Find the bank account related to the check and click on ‘View Register.’
How to Record Handwritten Checks in QuickBooks
  • In the date column, go to ‘Add check.’

Step 2: Mention check details

How to Record Handwritten Checks in QuickBooks
  • Enter precise check details. 
  • Fill in all the required fields with accurate information, including date, account, reference number, payee, memo, and payment. 

Step 3: Save the transaction

  • Click on ‘Save’ to successfully finish recording the check in QuickBooks Online.

Part 2: Mark checks as cleared

Every time the check is cleared, you must first go to the register and mark the check as cleared.

Step 1: Open check details

  • Go to ‘Accounting’ and select ‘View Register’ from under your bank account.
  • Click on the check. [ This will automatically open the check details. ]

Step 2: Change the check status

  • In the status column, click on the blank field and it will automatically be marked by a ‘C.’
  • Click on ‘Save’ to clear the transaction.

Conclusion

Properly recording handwritten checks helps small businesses manage their finances more effectively, ensuring accuracy and transparency in financial statements.  This method allows effective management and informed decisions based on accurate financial data.

By : July 8, 2024
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