(This question could probably use a better title)
My current process for paying sales tax works as follows:
- I collect payments against invoices from clients throughout the month
- As I collect these payments, Accounts Receivable decreases and Sales Checking* increases, naturally
- At the end of the quarter, I then transfer the sales tax portion of the payments I collected throughout the month from Sales Checking* to Sales Tax Checking*
I noticed that this obviously doesn't impact my Sales Tax Payable account, which remains unaffected. How do I then account for the amounts that I am transferring from Sales Checking* to Sales Tax Checking* in Sales Tax Payable so I see an accurate representation of sales tax that I truely still owe?
Sales Checking = Cash account that is connected to a checking account at my bank.
Sales Tax Checking = Another account that is connected to a checking account at my bank. This account only takes transfers from Sales Checking and my state then deducts the sales tax from there quarterly.