Is there a way to create a sales receipt from an estimate

QBO is not set up to go from Estimate to Sales Receipt at this time. Currently, you create Estimate and then “copy estimate to invoice” to create an Invoice. There is no partial copy so it’s done just one-time. You receive payment against that invoice.

Workaround steps from Estimate to Invoice may also work as faster as creating from Estimate to Sales Receipt approach. Follow these steps, it may work as an alternative to Estimate to Sales Receipt.

1. Create Estimate (create + sign > customers > estimate)
2. Copy to Invoice (either directly from estimate or from invoice form by selecting a customer)
3. Select “Save” (bottom right, blue bottom) Invoice
4. Once saved the invoice, you will promptly notice “Receive Payment” button added at the upper right corner. Click “Receive Payment” link.
5. Receive Payment against the invoice. Done.
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How to handle when a customer has an overpayment in account balance and goes out of business

Accounting treatment in QuickBooks is exactly the same like when Vendor goes out of business prior to payment for the open balance.

If the vendor (or customer with a credit balance) goes out of business due to bankruptcy, keep it until you hear from the courts with instructions as to where to forward your payment.

In case, you do not hear from the courts (depending upon regulations in your state, you may have to leave it on the books for several years, in many states for up to 5 years), you will reverse the entry by creating a credit memo and take it as income like the one-time gain to your P&L.

If you are really interested in clearing A/P or A/R (negative balance), you can also set it up as holding liability account on your Balance Sheet.

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When I create an Invoice, how do I get the packing slip to show the shipping address

First, you will need to enable “Shipping” in the company settings.

Just follow these steps below:
1. Select Company Gear icon at the top right corner.
2. Click to Company Settings, select Sales.
3. Under “Sales form content” place, click the pencil icon and place a checkmark to the box next to “Shipping” to turn on the address.
4. Click on Save.

enable shipping

You also need to put in the customer’s shipping address in the Customer Details section for the shipping address to show in the packing slip.

You can edit your customer’s information through the steps below:

1. Click on the Customers tab on the left navigation bar.
2. Look for that specific customer and click on their name.
3. Once you’re in their account, click on “Customer Details” column.
4. Click on the “Edit button” at the far right side.
5. You can now edit your customer’s shipping address.
6. Once you’re done, click the Save button located on the bottom right corner of the screen.

(You can also add shipping address directly on the Invoice form, but that will not update customer details page)

shipping address

After doing these steps, create an invoice, select Print or Preview (at the bottom) and try to “Print packing slip”.

packing slip

At this time, PACKING SLIP is just for Invoice, it’s not available for Sales Receipt. I’d suggest sending feedback to Intuit QBO team. Just click the Gear icon (upper right corner), and click “Feedback” under Your Company.

feedback screen

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How to handle a partial payment when creating an invoice in QBO?

Case: A customer bought $105.00 worth of product and paid $80.00 in cash. You need to send an invoice to the customer for the balance. How would you handle this in QBO?

First, create a new invoice using product/service item code for $105.00. Use deposit field to post $80.00 as the prepayment on that invoice. Deposit field is located right below the total. Now, the invoice will show $25 balance due.

If you do not see “DEPOSIT” field on your invoice, go to “Company Gear” settings to enable deposit field: Gear icon (upper right corner) > Settings > Company Settings > Sales > Deposit > ON > save. See screenshot below for reference.

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enable deposit setting

Once you enter deposit amount, your invoice screen will expand to show the following three fields added to the invoice form. Fill out the information appropriately:

a) Payment method
b) Reference no.
c) Deposit to

You will need to select “Deposit to” field depending on your situation. If you are depositing this deposit (prepayment) to the bank along with other payments as a batch deposit, then you should select Undeposited Funds Account. On the other hand, if you are depositing just $80.00 as a single deposit to the bank, you should select the appropriate bank account.

deposit field on invoice

The snapshot below shows what accounts are affected by this transaction:
deposit journal report
1. Accounts Receivable: $25
2. Sales Income: $105
3. Undeposited Funds or Bank Account: $80


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How can I transfer unapplied credit from one customer to another in QuickBooks Online

A case may occur when a customer wants to apply credit balance to an affiliated company’s open invoice.


Customer (Mark) has a $500 credit balance. Customer (Martha) has a $500 Open Invoice. They like to clear the accounts by applying $500 credit from Mark’s account to $500 Open Invoice of Martha’s account.

One easy way to handle transfer credit from one customer to another customer is to write a Journal Entry in QBO.

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Customers Page
Customers Page

Customer Mark's Account with $500 Unapplied Credit
Customer Mark’s Account with $500 Unapplied Credit
Customer Martha's Account with $500 Open Invoice
Customer Martha’s Account with $500 Open Invoice


To create a Journal Entry

From the home page screen, click Create+ sign

  • Click Journal Entry tab under Other heading.
  • Enter the date.
  • On the first line, from the Account drop down list, select Accounts Receivable (A/R).
  • In the Debit field, enter the unapplied amount being transferred. Example:$500.
  • In the Memo field, note the reason for the Journal Entry. Example: credit transfer to Martha’s account.
  • From the Name drop down list, select the customer name that credit is being transferred from. Example: Mark
  • On the second line, from the Account drop down list, select Accounts Receivable (A/R) again.
  • In the Credit field, enter the credit amount (same as debit amount). Example:$500
  • In the Memo field, note the reason for the Journal Entry. Example: credit transfer from Mark’s account.
  • From the Name drop down list, select the name of the customer that the credit is being transferred to. Example: Martha
  • Click Save.
Journal Entry
Journal Entry
Mark's Customer Page after Journal Entry
Mark’s Customer Page after Journal Entry
Martha's Customer Page after Journal Entry
Martha’s Customer Page after Journal Entry


The final step is to Receive Payment on both customer accounts so that it will show “Paid and Closed” customer status

From the home page screen, click Create+ sign

  • Go to the Customers tab and click Receive Payment.
  • Select the customer (example: Mark).
  • Make sure that the credit and Journal Entry are checked at the left (make no other entry on the Receive Payment form.)
  • Make sure “Amount received” show zero amount.
  • Click Save.

Follow the same “Receive Payment” steps as above for the customer (Martha).

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Receive Payment (Customer Mark)

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Receive Payment (Customer Martha)

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Customer Mark’s Page with Paid and Closed Status

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Customer Martha’s Page with Paid and Closed Status

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