How do I enter an HST amount that is different than 15% of the amount paid in a cheque?

HST: I don't understand how to input unique amounts of HST for things like cheques written for customs/duty (higher percentage of HST) or Pharmacy bills which include both taxable and non-taxable items.

1. When I unlock the tax button (choosing "Inclusive of Tax"), and the "tax type" column appears, it asks for options like "exempt, zero rated, HST NS, HST 1/2, and any choice I make changes the amount of the actual invoice in such a way that the total on the sheet is now wrong.

2. For example, try this:

1. I wrote a cheque for $127.87 for Duty and Customs and Taxes for a parcel from the United States which cost $514.99 USD. In that Duty invoice, the actual HST paid was $23.23.

3. Now, try to put $23.23 as total HST paid (or $11.65 as 1/2 HST paid) in such a way that the total of the cheque amount stays at $127.87.

I can't seem to make that work without it changing the final amount of the cheque.


Hello Bill! I'm happy to help you but I want to be sure I'm understanding your HST question correctly. 

1. Are $127.87 and $23.23 part of the $514.99? 

2. If $23.23 is the HST portion, is the remainder of the $127.87 amount Duty and Customs (the difference being $104.64; so is $104.64 the amount for Duty and Customs)?

3. Has the $514.99 already been recorded as an invoice?

If $23.23 is the tax, and $104.64 is the amount for Duty and Customs, I would recommend creating two separate expense transactions. In order for the tax amount to be recorded in the correct account, you would want to record it as explained here: 

This situation is very unique. I am happy to help you, but it may require answering these questions, and possibly some additional follow-up questions. For this reason, it may be better to call our phone support at 1-855-253-1536 to allow for a more efficient and effective flow of conversation. 

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