Splitting account into 2 new accounts

Tom Kink tomkink at googlemail.com
Thu May 21 00:26:01 EDT 2015

Dear Alice,

thanks for your help. It is actually only one type of tax, I just got confused when reading on the wiki page on the 3/4-accounts setup and thought I should change to that system as well (obviously I am no accountant). I am currently using GnuCash the way you suggested. So as long as this is acceptable to standard accounting rules, I am happy. Mind you, I would only have a handful of invoices/bills to recreate …

Best wishes

> On 20-05-2015, at 12:54 , Alice Lee <alee212007 at satx.rr.com> wrote:
> Are you dealing with two types of tax.  If it is only one type of tax, you
> would record the collections and the payments from the same account.  When
> you create your invoice, the full amount goes into accounts receivable and
> the product sales would be credited to an income account and the tax or
> taxes would go to an appropriate liability account, probably taxes payable.
> When the taxes are paid, you credit the bank account and debit the taxes
> payable account.  If you have taxes paid to more than one entity, you would
> create more than one liability account payable when the invoice is created.
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> Subject: Splitting account into 2 new accounts
> Dear All,
> so far I have recorded all taxes (paid & collected) into one account, which
> I understand is not good practice. How can I split those into two
> appropriate accounts (paid & collected) for all the invoices/bill I had
> already processed? Is there an easier way than unposting, editing, and
> re-processing?
> Many thanks
> Tom
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