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This guide will cover how to transfer funds in QuickBooks Online. We’ll show you how to record the transfer and then review or edit the transfer of funds in the bank account check register. You may need to transfer funds frequently between bank accounts in QuickBooks to track bounced checks, avoid overdraft issues, and maintain an accurate account balance.
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How To Transfer Funds in QuickBooks Online
Click on the + New button at the top of the left menu bar of your QuickBooks Online dashboard and then select Transfer under the Other column, as shown below.
On the transfer screen, choose the account you want to transfer funds from and the account you want to transfer funds to. Then, complete the other important fields.
To better illustrate how to complete the transfer screen, let’s use a sample scenario. Let’s say you have two checking accounts, one with Chase and another with Bank of America. You wish to transfer $500 from your Chase account to your Bank of America account.
The screenshot below shows how the transfer screen is completed for our sample scenario.
A. Transfer funds from: Select the bank account from which the funds will be withdrawn. The balance in the account selected will be shown to the right of the account. Make sure you have enough funds in the account to cover the transfer.
B. Transfer funds to: Select the bank account where the funds will be deposited. If this is a new bank account, select Add New to create a new account, as shown in our tutorial on how to set up a chart of accounts in QuickBooks Online.
C. Transfer amount: Enter the amount of the transfer.
Tip: If you wish to transfer funds in a foreign currency, then you should first enable multicurrency, which is covered in our tutorial on how to set up advanced options in QuickBooks Online. Note that once turned on, multicurrency cannot be turned off, so it’s best that you learn more about multicurrency in QuickBooks before enabling the feature.
D. Date: Enter the date the transfer will be recorded by the bank.
E. Memo (optional): Provide a brief description of the transfer.
After completing all the required fields, click the Save and new button below the screen.
Tip: Entering the transfer on this screen doesn’t initiate a transfer at your bank, even if the bank account is connected to QuickBooks Online. This screen only records the transfer in your books. If both bank accounts are connected to QuickBooks Online, then you can skip recording the transfer here and accept the bank transfer uploaded from the bank feed as described in our guide on how to manage QuickBooks Online bank feeds.
How To Review & Edit Bank Transfers
To review and edit a bank transfer previously entered, you must first find the transfer in your checking account register.
To find the checking account register, hover over Accounting in the left menu bar and then click Chart of accounts.
Seeing a different left-side navigation menu?
In the Chart of Accounts, find the bank account where funds were deposited or the account from which the funds were withdrawn. In the screenshot below, we highlighted the Bank of America checking account—the account where our funds were deposited to. Click on View Register to open the transfer details.
Review the transfer details to verify that the fund has been successfully recorded. Based on the transfer details below, we have successfully transferred $500 to our Bank of America checking account.
If you need to make changes to the transfer, click anywhere on the grayed transaction entry line and then click on the Edit button. QuickBooks will take you to the transfer screen where you entered the transfer originally. Make any necessary adjustments and then click Save & new.
Why It’s Important to Transfer Funds Between Bank Accounts in QuickBooks Online
One reason why QuickBooks Online is awarded our overall best small business accounting software is because of its excellent fund transfer feature that helps you easily move money between your accounts with just a few clicks. We recommend that you use this feature, especially if you have multiple bank accounts. For instance, you might have one checking account for payroll and another checking account for other activities.
It’s important that you understand how to transfer funds in QuickBooks Online to ensure that you have an accurate account balance. If you fail to record a transfer, it may result in an incorrect balance for one or both of the accounts involved in the transfer. This can make it difficult to reconcile your bank statements and could also lead to overdrafts and even bounced checks.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Yes, QuickBooks Online lets you easily transfer funds between bank accounts with just a few clicks.
Yes, you can add notes in the memo field to track the purpose of your transfer.
Yes, it can. We have a detailed tutorial on how to process bank reconciliations in QuickBooks Online.
Congratulations on completing our tutorial on how to transfer funds between bank accounts in QuickBooks Online. The next guide in our training course is how to record a bounced check in QuickBooks Online. That lesson will teach you how to reverse the deposit of a customer’s bad check, restore the accounts receivable from the customer, and record any associated bank fee.