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Understanding Bill.com Accounting Preferences

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Explanation 

When configuring a new Bill.com account, it is important to define the Accounting Preferences so that you may select the appropriate classifications and ensure that the sync functions properly. To review your Accounting Preferences in Bill.com, go to Gear Icon > Settings > Preferences under Accounting. 

NOTE: The below screenshot shows the Accounting Preferences for an account integrated with Intacct. Additionally, this articles details all potential Accounting Preferences across accounting softwares. Your Accounting Preferences may differ based on your specific accounting software. Do not enable a classification that you are not using.

Find an explanation for each accounting preference below. 

Show Account Numbers

  • Allows the account number associated with a GL account to be shown when entering bill details. Enable this preference if there are account numbers assigned to the Chart of Accounts in your accounting software. 

Show Vendor Id in Vendor Dropdown

  • If enabled, this preference allows both the vendor name and vendor Id to be shown when creating a new bill.

Use Departments

  • An accounting classification used to specify groups or divisions within a company, such as Marketing, HQ, or Asia-Pacific.
  • NOTE: Classes in QuickBooks for Windows and QuickBooks Enterprise are referred to as Departments in Bill.com. If using Classes in QuickBooks for Windows or QuickBooks Enterprise, select Yes for Use Departments in Bill.com. 

Use Locations

  • An accounting classification used to specify geographical groupings, such as Midwest, Main Office, or Downtown.

Use Classes

  • Categories unique to your company or business, which you define to help with reporting. 
  • NOTE: Classes in QuickBooks for Windows and QuickBooks Enterprise are referred to as Departments in Bill.com. If using Classes in QuickBooks for Windows or QuickBooks Enterprise, please select Yes for Use Departments in Bill.com. 

Use Jobs

  • Projects with their own set of income or expenses. 
  • NOTE: Jobs are currently not supported with the NetSuite and Xero integrations. Jobs are referred to as Projects in Intacct. 

Show Company Name in Customer Dropdown

  • If the Customer Name and Company Name differ, this preference allows both to be shown when creating a bill or invoice. 

Use Dimensions in Payables

The below preferences are specific to Intacct integrations:

  • Use Vendors: If enabled, vendor information will sync to both the top level and line item level of bills in Intacct. This allows for greater reporting capabilities within Intacct. 
  • Use Customers: Associate expenses with customers who you sell products or services and/or projects for those customers. 
  • Use Employees: Associate expenses to employees at your business or company. 
  • Use Items: Code bill line items to specific products and services. 

Use Customers / Jobs in Payables

  • Associate expenses with customers who you sell products or services and/or projects for those customers. 

Use Items in Payables

  • Code bill line items to specific products and services. 

Vendor/ Customer Sequence Id

  • Select "Use auto-numbering" if you have enabled auto-numbering for vendor Ids in your accounting software. Otherwise, select "Enter Id manually" to manually enter the Ids for new vendors. 

Show Chart of Accounts on Bill and Invoice Items

  • Enter a GL account in addition to items when creating bills or invoices. 

Show GL Posting Date on Bills and Invoices

  • For Intacct integrations. Specify the GL Posting Date to be used by your accounting software. 
  • NOTE: Although this preference is available in accounts connected to NetSuite, a bill generated in Bill.com will carry its invoice date upon syncing to NetSuite. The posting period for the bill will be determined by the invoice date and how you have defined your posting periods in NetSuite. 

 
 

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