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Track Discounts in GL

This FAQ will go over how to enable and use the “Track Discounts in General Ledger” option. When this is enabled, discounts entered in the “Discount %” column on line items will be posted into a cost of sales and offsetting income account. If this is not enabled, the amount posted to the item’s sales account is simply the discounted amount. This option allows for discounts to be seen more clearly on financial statements.

Sales

To enable this setting for sales, go to Company Preferences > Sales > Behavior

This debits the “Discounts Given” account and credits “Discount on Sales”.

Purchasing

To enable this setting for purchasing, go to Company Preferences > Purchases > Behavior

This will debit the “Discounts Taken” account and credit “Discount on Purchases”.

Example
Enabled

Below is the GL entries that were created for the example transaction when “Track Discounts in General Ledger” was enabled.

Disabled

Below is the GL entries that were created for the example transaction when “Track Discounts in General Ledger” was not enabled.

Warranty Work Invoices

A “Warranty Work” invoice will post a discount amount against the “Warranty Work” and “Warranty Work Offset” accounts. This will only work if “Track Discount in General Ledger” is enabled.

To create a warranty work invoice, set all the lines on an invoice to a 100% discount and then check the “Post Discount to Warranty Work” box on the advanced tab.

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