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Question added to topic MoneyFebruary 11, 2010

What should I do if I paid a 1099 vendor from my personal bank account?

I tried to post a DR vendor and CR to owners equity.
I am glad that you came to us, as this type of transaction often confuses business owners and bookkeepers.

Going forward, try as much as possible to keep business expenses separate from your personal accounts as bookkeeping can become very cumbersome and in some instances your personal financial liability can be put at risk. It is okay if this is a one-off situation, just try to be strict about it going forward.

I will assume you are using Quickbooks for your bookkeeping. I would advise you to create an entry debiting the expense account you would normally charge for this vendor (i.e. consulting, accounting, outside services) and credit the "owner's draw" account.

If you pay yourself with a regular W2 salary from your business and wish to be reimbursed for this payment, you can treat it as a payable either through the regular payable system or a separate liability account.

Ryan Himmel, CPA and registered securities analyst, is the founder and CEO of BIDaWIZ.com, a professional network for small businesses and entrepreneurs to obtain trusted advice and services from a team of CPAs, Enrolled Agents, Financial Planners & Tax Attorneys.  His team provides answers to the many finance and tax questions that small businesses encounter every day. Ryan has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fox Business and Crain's New York, among other publications. Ryan also regularly contributes to the community with his finance and tax blog.

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