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How do I mimic “daily spendable” feedback in GnuCash?

TL;DR: How do I get reports in GnuCash to do some basic arithmetic the way a spreadsheet can? More detail: Taking inspiration from Level Money, I budget based on how much each of two accounts ...
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Gnucash: How to add up all charges on a credit card within a period

I have "Liability" account in Gnucash for my credit card. Each expense made using my card is shown there as "Charge", while each payment I made to the credit card account from my checking account is ...
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Double entry for mortgage

Q. What entries should be made for mortgage and interest only repayments? For info I use GnuCash. Situation: I have an interest (repayment) only mortgage of, say, £50,000. They added their fees to ...
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Handling expenses for corporate tax in GnuCash

I am very new to the whole concept of book-keeping (Read GnuCash help - that's it) at the moment and was wondering if I could get some pointers in here. I am running a micro limited company (One ...
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How do I track an interest free loan I made in GNUCash? How do I track payments against that loan?

I use GnuCash for my personal accounting since 2008. As I am not a native English speaker, I struggle with the understanding of some GnuCash manual terms and explanations that I do not use in my daily ...
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GnuCash how to do laptop purchase payment plan

I bought a laptop for $1000 online and paid by credit card. The payment plan is 10-month payment with 0% interest rate. So it charges $100 to my credit card each month. In this case, how do I do it on ...
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GnuCash and ledger/hledger [closed]

I am using GnuCash 2.6.7 under Mac OS X 10.10.4 to do my personal finance. I have a fairly large account structure by now with many expense accounts to track different categories of spending. I would ...
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GNUCash - Associate imported data with checking account?

I am completely new to using accounting software (so please bear with me). I have been trying to capture historical account data from the last 11 months, so I downloaded a QIF file from my bank that ...
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Why doesn't GnuCash auto-reconcile non-bank accounts?

I use GnuCash for the sole purpose of keeping track of my personal finance. When I do my monthly reconciliation on my checking account, savings account, and credit card account and everything is all ...
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Quarterly report in Gnucash?

Gnucash has this handy Account Summary report, which summarizes all incomes and expenses in every currency in the current fiscal year. I'd like to see a similar report for a custom date range (say, ...
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GnuCash during holiday: expenses in foreign currency

I am using GnuCash for keeping track of my personal finances. My currency is mostly Japanese Yen and I live in Japan. I keep track of every single Yen, every single purchase. Now I am going on ...
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How can I add Account Codes and Descriptions of the Accounts to the Profit and Loss sheet?

How can I add Account Codes and Descriptions of the Accounts to the Profit and Loss sheet? Is there any way to sort it by specific columns? I tried to do this via Edit-> Report Options but didn't ...
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List of banks with free OFX service [closed]

I am looking for a list of banks that offer a free OFX (Open Financial Exchange) service. The best list I have been able to find is here: OFX List Some of the banks on this list are documented to ...
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What is the difference between equity and assets?

I am (going to be) using GNU Cash, which uses the double-entry method; I use it for personal finance. Reading various tutorials for GNU cash, it lists 5 types of accounts: income, expense, assets, ...
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correct usage of “R” field, esp. with respect to credit card account type

Using GnuCash to track where my money goes and what comes in. I have as assets my bank account and "cash in wallet", and many expense accounts for food, gas, water, electricity, clothes, ...
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GnuCash: How to sum “search result” entries?

Is there a simple way in GnuCash to sum "search result" entries, or would one need to build some sort of "custom report"?
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How to track expenses from an account in gnucash?

I can't figure out how to select three assets (cash + two bank accounts) and a bunch of expenses, and get a report on how much has been spent from those accounts on those expenses. Cash Flow won't ...
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Accounting for reimbursements that exceed actual expenses

When I travel on business, my employer pays for my meals by reimbursing me at a statutory "per diem" rate. Often this exceeds the amount I actually spend on meals. How should I account for the ...
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Double entry accounting: as an employee, how do I enter expenses in foreign currency?

I use gnucash. For my company expenses I follow advices from In double entry accounting, as an employee, how do I enter expenses? and I am happy with the results. But I get to travel often to country ...
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GnuCash, how do I book loan from credit card, being paid back with salary? [duplicate]

I am doing double-entry bookkeeping with GnuCash to track my personal finances. Sometimes I spent money on expenses which my employer is supposed to spent, and I later get reimbursed. For example, I ...
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How do I see all outgoings in one Gnucash report?

I can use the P&L or Income Statement reports to see expenses for a month, but it doesn't include the mortgage payment since I set this up as another account, rather than just an expense. I'd ...
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How do I record monetary advances and money spent thereof in personal accounting?

I have recently (i.e. from the beginning of 2015) started tracking my personal finances with GNUCash, without any previous experience in accounting. While the interface is mostly intuitive (thanks to ...
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GnuCash Custom Bar chart report

I'm trying to create a custom bar chart report in GnuCash 2.6.5, similar to the Asset Bar Chart or Liability Bar Chart. What I need is a report that shows the sum of 3 (or more) accounts. Some are ...
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How to record HSA-reimbursable medical transaction into gnucash?

I'm using gnucash to record my finances (but it should apply to any double entry accounting system). I wonder how should I record transactions for medical expenses which I can reimburse from HSA (and ...
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Recording claimable expenses in GnuCash

I am new to accounting and trying to learn a few things as my accounts get more and more complicated. I currently use GnuCash to record simple income/expenses/assets/liabilities and have had a new ...
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How to double-entry bookkeep money incoming from sold items

I started doing double entry bookkeeping with GnuCash to keep track of my personal finances, down to the penny. I have as assets my back account and "cash in wallet", and many expense accounts for ...
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How to improve Gnucash QIF import matchings by adding account to each transaction

I'm trying to suppress the longest part of my QIF import process which is manual matching of each transaction to each account. I have the bayesian matching activated but it performs poorly, matching ...
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How do I account for 100 percent vendor discounts in GnuCash 2.6.5

Consider this simple scenario, where I am running the accounts for a small business. No need to get into fancy standards (e.g. GAAP). A vendor sends my company a bill for $100. The work is complete ...
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Newest transactions added on top, not bottom, of accounts in GnuCash?

In GnuCash, with ascending date the transactions are listed from top to bottom. Is there a way to have the transactions listed with ascending date from bottom to top? I.e. I want the newest ...
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How can I find out in GnuCash how much I have spent in a given time period?

I started doing double entry bookkeeping with GnuCash to keep track of my personal finances, down to the penny. I think I am familiar with most of the basics of double entry bookkeeping, I took a ...
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How to correctly track a covered call write (sell to open) in double-entry accounting?

I recently started using gnucash for personal accounting, but I guess this question doesn't depend on the software. I sold a covered call, and I'm not sure how to keep track of that in the ...
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How to record a written put option in double-entry accounting?

I have been using double-entry accounting to carefully track my financial situation for a couple of years now, but I am just dabbling with stock options for the first time. I wrote a put option (sold ...
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How can I import customers and invoices from a previous year's Gnucash file?

I've been using Gnucash for the past year for small business accounting as a self-employed contractor. I've read that it's a good practice to create a new file for each year. Now that 2014 has ...
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Handling of credit card bill transactions on bank account when using online banking in Gnucash

I'm using HBCI for downloading both my bank account and the credit card account. The weekly credit card bill will be downloaded in two transactions, one in the bank account and one statement in the ...
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What should I do when the reality of money present and the amounts in GnuCash differ?

I started doing double entry bookkeeping with GnuCash to keep track of my personal finances, down to the penny. I think I am familiar with most of the basics of double entry bookkeeping, I took a ...
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Get GnuCash to use the Opening Balances account for new accounts

I’m still new to GnuCash, and as such I’m setting up all my accounts. When I first created the file, I didn’t add all my accounts because I wanted to set up only a few at a time. The accounts I did ...
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gnucash - Record several years data

Currently I am using GnuCash to record my personal expenses. I am using it since the last year, so in my master book I have records belonging to the years 2013 and 2014. Is that the correct way to ...
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Representing a personal loan with double entry

I have received a family loan (no interest or penalties, just a friendly loan) from my parents which is deposited into my savings account for my bank. I'm having issues understanding how I should ...
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How should I record outstanding expenses in GnuCash?

By 'outstanding expenses,' I mean bills that are due but that you cannot, at present, pay. Nor do you know exactly when in the future you would be able to pay. Here's what I've experimented with: I ...
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How to resolve imbalances and orphan transactions in Gnucash?

I am a new Gcash user. I Installed Gcash and imported couple statements from my bank. It is all good except that I now have huge imbalances. And I do not know how to handle this. I looked around the ...
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How to record (accepting and later returning) other peoples' money? What's the correct terminology for that? // GnuCash

How to record (accepting and later returning) other peoples' money in GnuCash? I assume it would not be recorded as income / expense, respectively. Liabilities also seems unlikely. Equities? ...
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Recurring non-scheduled transactions in GnuCash

Does GnuCash have a similar mechanism to MYOB where a transaction can be made into a template for posting when needed? I can see a transaction can be made into a template for automated scheduled ...
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How should I record invoices in foreign currency in GNUCash?

I'm a Canadian living in Canada and I've recently started a new contract with a client in the US. My previous contract specified payment in CAD while my new contract is in USD. I invoice once a ...
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In double entry accounting, as an employee, how do I enter expenses?

I'm new to accounting and just started using GnuCash for my personal finances. Question As an employee (not a company), how would you enter the following transaction into GnuCash? Situation I ...
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Dealing with temporary accounts

I use Gnucash for managing my finances. When I receive a gift card, I assume that it should be it's own account as one of my Current Assets. However, once that gift card is fully spent or expired, ...
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In double-entry book keeping, is income always negative?

I've begun trying to learn some money managing techniques, but when fiddling with gnucash I've found that in double-entry accounting, where all money has to come from somewhere, the income accounts ...
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Double-entry accounting: how to keep track of mortgage installments as expenses?

Context: I am new to double-entry accounting, I use GnuCash for my personal family bookkeeping. At the moment, the main goal for me is to keep track of incomes/expenses of our family over time. For ...
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Convention for adding ishares (ETFs) into personal accounts

I use GNUcash to manage my personal accounts. Please advise me on how I should enter ETFs, specifically ishares which are Blackrock's brand of ETF, into my personal accounts. The default set of ...
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Splitting already paid bills with housemate

I live with a house mate, and we split our grocery expenses 50/50 between us. Everything is done in cash. I use GnuCash to manage my finances, and I'm not sure how such a situation can be recorded: ...
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Accounting for paying bills for (and being reimbursed by) another person

I an currently using Gnucash to manage my expenses. I am new to double-entry accounting and find many aspects of it to be confusing. Here's a situation that currently happens monthly. I'd like to know ...