QuickBooks Online new features and improvements – May 2020
As our world adjusts to remote work, online status overviews and at-a-glance metrics are playing an even bigger role than normal when it comes to making business decisions. That’s why this month’s list of updates is full of useful overview tools – making it easy for accounting pros to monitor the health of their clients’ businesses, the information of their employees, and much more.
What’s new in May
In a nutshell: With the new Cash Flow Dashboard widget, you can get a clear picture of your finances at a glance to help you make smarter decisions about how you spend your money. Located on the main dashboard, this widget provides a real-time view of your current cash balance along with a historical comparison of money in and out across all your connected bank accounts.
How it works: To enable this feature on your Dashboard, navigate to Settings > QuickBooks® Labs > Cash Flow Dashboard Widget and turn it ON (you’ll also find a helpful demo video there). Once you refresh the page, the widget will appear as a card on your Dashboard along with all the other modules.
Recent improvements to the functionality and navigation in the report center will not only save accountants time, but also further help them streamline their client reporting processes!
With so many improvements added to the reporting functionality in QuickBooks Online, let’s take a deeper look at each one to see just how reporting has been made more efficient and customizable to meet the needs of all types of businesses and accounting professionals. In this article, discover how these great new features and functionality will make your life a bit easier when working with reports in QuickBooks.
Take a deep dive into the new features here.
In a nutshell: When it’s time to pay your bills, you can now do so directly from QuickBooks to stay better organized. With our new embedded bill pay experience (powered by Melio), you can schedule and pay bills online for free via a bank transfer or with a debit card, or you can defer the payment with your credit card and earn rewards (for a 2.9% fee). You can then choose whether the vendor will receive a digital deposit of funds (in 1–3 business days) or a physical check in the mail sent on your behalf (in 5–7 days).
For more information, check out the article and video here.
How it works: You can use Bill Pay to pay from your expenses page or by choosing any bill on your Pay Bills list. The first time you use the new Bill Pay feature, follow the steps to enter some preliminary information.
When you’re ready to schedule a payment or pay a bill, you can choose the payment method, select a deduction date, add an optional message, and even send a notification email to the vendor.
After your payment has been sent, you can easily review the details and status with the View Payment button in the top right.
In a nutshell: The QuickBooks Online Accountant Team Tab now features a list of the certifications that each member of your team has attained, and the date it expires. This makes it easy for you to track each person’s educational progress. Plus, the sort functionality gives you the flexibility to get a detailed view of by Name or Job Title. It’s certified simplicity.
New scheduled support button (ProAdvisor Platinum/Elite)
In a nutshell: ProAdvisors® at the Platinum and Elite levels unlock the ability to schedule a support appointment with a product specialist, but some pros have had a hard time figuring out how to do it. But not anymore! The option is now clearly visible from the ProAdvisor Benefits Tab (Product support > Scheduled phone support).
In a nutshell: We’ve heard that many QuickBooks Online Advanced users are enjoying the efficiency and flexibility of custom fields (Settings > Lists > Custom fields), so we’re giving you even more. QuickBooks Online Advanced now supports 48 custom fields (up from 36)—giving you up 12 fields each for Customer, Vendor, Sales forms, and PO & other expenses. Keep on customizing!
In a nutshell: The custom chart builder in the Business Performance Dashboard (Overview > Business performance) just got even better. You can now set the comparison while creating a custom chart, letting you compare key data against the same period in the last year.
In a nutshell: When you’re working with a batch transaction (New > Batch transactions), you can now create and edit your sales receipts. Just select it from the type dropdown and enter the receipt information.
In a nutshell: For many payroll experts, Workforce is an invaluable tool when it comes to online records of pay stubs and W2s. Previously, QuickBooks Payroll’s Workforce integration only allowed employers to send invites to employees individually—which could be a cumbersome process for large employers sending multiple invites.
Now, QuickBooks Payroll allows employers to invite multiple employees by email in one batch. To send a new bulk invite, just click the “Invite to Workforce” button on the Employee page and follow the instructions.
Once the bulk invite has been sent, you’ll also be able to view all the individual invitations on a dashboard. This makes it simple for you to view the status of each user invite (Sent/Accepted), and to resend the invite if necessary.
In a nutshell: If you have hourly employees who consistently work a certain number of hours in a week, you shouldn’t need to re-enter their hours from scratch each time you run your payroll. And now, you don’t have to. QuickBooks Online Payroll now lets you set a default number of hours and days per week for each employee. You can access this pane by selecting a worker from the Employee tab, and then editing how much that person is paid. That information then auto-populates into your business payroll data.
In a nutshell: Accounting pros know that chasing down bank statements from clients is often a real hassle. You either have to wait for the client to send you documentation, or you have to ask them for sensitive login info to get it yourself. But soon, that process will be a whole lot simpler.
This new feature automatically delivers you the important statement information you need to get your books done. During reconciliation, QuickBooks Online will auto-import client statements from more than 1,500 supported banks and log them in your history for future reference. For banks not currently supported, you or your client can upload and attach the statement to the specific account, so it’s available for you when it’s time to reconcile.
Right now, statement auto-import supports more than 1,500 banks (representing about 20% of total user statements). We’re working quickly to add additional support, and we’ll keep you informed about our progress in future update articles.