How do I classify in Quickbooks a cash transfer from one business checking account to another business checking account that are linked together. 2 separate businesses.

My husband and I are the only employees of the LLC and the S Corp where I did the transfers.

Also, is money that is transferred from our personal checking account classified as owners equity in the S Corp?


You should have separate files for each of the two businesses. The business that transfers money out should "write check" in its QB file. The business that receives money should "make deposit" in its QB file. (In QB you "write check" even when you make the payment by some other means like ACH.) Neither business should have the bank accounts of the other explicitly represented.

On each side, you will also need to classify the payment as having originated from / gone to some other account - To know what's correct there, we'd need to know why your transferring the money in the first place and how you otherwise have your books established. I think that's probably beyond the scope of what's on-topic / feasible here.

Money into your business from your personal account is probably owner's equity, unless you have something else going on. For example, on the S Corp you should be paying yourself a salary. If you overpay by accident, then you might write a check back to the company from your personal account to correct the mistake. That's not equity - It's probably a "negative expense" in some other account that tracks the salary payments.

  • The money being transferred from one business account to the other bsuienss account is being used to cover expenses. What would be a correct classification other than business loan?
    – Lisa Moran
    Jan 20 '16 at 21:01
  • Loan could be ok if that's what it is. That will amount to tracking it as an asset on the one set of books and a liability on the other.
    – user32479
    Jan 20 '16 at 22:12

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