Add Ability to Include or Exclude Transfers on Budgets in Quicken for Mac (452 Legacy Votes)

smayer97smayer97 SuperUser
Please add the ability to choose whether to include or exclude transfers in budgets, like in other versions of Quicken.

At the moment, you can categorize transfers but they do not show up in budgets. This feature should also allow control of that and override it as needed.


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  • smayer97smayer97 SuperUser
    edited October 2018
    You can also VOTE for the related feature to Include or Exclude Accounts on Budgets, here: 
    https://getsatisfaction.com/quickencommunity/topics/add-ability-to-include-or-exclude-accounts-on-bu...

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  • edhansedhans Member
    edited December 2018
    this is CRITICAL. Paying loans or even saving for a major expense via a monthly transfer is a HUGE part of an individual's cash flow budget. Transfers should  be included.

    And yes, I voted. :-)
  • jacobsjacobs SuperUser
    edited January 21
    This feature, when implemented, must be flexible enough to enable/disable transfer from the budget on an account-by-account basis. (Since being able to select accounts for budgets is a feature request Quicken has not yet implemented, I suspect it's why including/'excluding transfers has also not yet been implemented.) Here's why: a transfer to pay your credit card bill should NOT be included int he budget, because you already have all the individual expense transactions in your credit account reflected in the budget. But a transfer to pay down a loan SHOULD be included i your budget, since it's money coming out of your cash flow every month. And you might want the option to include transfers to a retirement or non-retirement savings account in your budget, too, if you set a plan for savings and want to make sure you stick to it. So making ALL transfers show up in the budget won't work; it has to be implemented so it can be done on an account-by-account basis.
    QMac 2007 & QMac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993
  • DougMDougM Member
    edited September 2018
    I am so glad to see this post as I am trying (again) to migrate from Quicken for Windows to Quicken for Mac. Every effort to this point has been a complete disappointment and I have ended up continuing to use the Windows versions. Really tired of maintaining a Windows virtual machine on my Mac for the sole purpose of running Quicken. So here I am again trying with the latest iteration of Quicken for Mac. It is definitely an improvement on previous versions but the inability to track transfers in categories (despite the fact that the Quicken Help section indicates that you can) is a significant liability. There is no provision for tracking savings in a budget and at least tracking transfers to brokerage or other savings account in the budget would be a good start. Changing the category of a transfer (linked or otherwise) does not make it appear in either category reports or the budget. Please implement this feature. It seems from Quicken's own help file that it was intended to function this way but clearly it does not as I have tried over and over again to modify existing transfer transactions or set up new ones. Nothing shows up as anything but "Other Transactions: Transfers between accounts" at the bottom of category reports which do not appear in budgets or other reports.

    And yes, I voted.
  • smayer97smayer97 SuperUser
    edited August 2018
    I also highly recommend that you browse through the IDEAS section of this forum and VOTE for the request of each of the missing features to be added back into Quicken for Mac....to help direct the priorities of the developers.

    To do that, I suggest you read this FAQ on how to filter the IDEAS to just show the ones for the Mac version, then VOTE to your heart's content:
    https://getsatisfaction.com/quickencommunity/topics/quicken-getsat-faq-how-to-filter-conversations-d...

    The following are some of the many feature requests you will find: and many others.

    Click on each link above, then be sure to scroll down each page, as some contain lists of related features. Then VOTE on EACH IDEA separately that you are interested in.

    If you do not click VOTE at the top of the page of each feature, your vote will NOT be counted for THAT specific feature!


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  • edited October 2018
    I just migrated from Windows to Mac and this is a showstopper for me.  I now have to keep my old Windows laptop just for running Quicken so I can manage my cash flow in Budgets.  Mac team, please include this feature ASAP.
  • jacobsjacobs SuperUser
    edited December 2016

    I just migrated from Windows to Mac and this is a showstopper for me.  I now have to keep my old Windows laptop just for running Quicken so I can manage my cash flow in Budgets.  Mac team, please include this feature ASAP.

    Jeff, please take a minute to go to quicken.com/mac/feedback to enter your comment in the "Something not listed? Tell us" box. The more people they hear from asking for this, and especially the pain it's causing users, the higher it moves on their development priority list.
    QMac 2007 & QMac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993
  • Wendell SmithWendell Smith Member
    edited January 7
    How can Quicken for Mac omit a loan transfer in a budget? If you transfer a mortgage loan payment, there is no way to track that in a budget? 
    How useful is a budget if it does not reflect your cashflow? 
    I just discovered this as I was finishing my conversion to Quicken for Mac 2017 from Quicken Windows. And now it is refund time. 
  • jcjc Member
    edited January 2017
    Please add the capacity to budget payments to assets and liability accounts, not only to income and expense accounts

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Please add the capacity to budget payments to assets and liability accounts, not ....
  • slhcrnpslhcrnp Member
    edited February 2018
    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled To merge with idea.


    Yes I would like to be able to add "TRANSFERS" as Budget categories just as I can in the Windows version (I have both for now until MAC is completely acceptable).  This allows the values of the principle mortgage  and car loan payments to be seen so my "money left over" is accurate after all other income/expenses are summarized.  THANK YOU!!!

    Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Please add the capacity to budget payments to assets and liability accounts, not ....
  • smayer97smayer97 SuperUser
    edited September 2018

    You can also VOTE for the related feature to Include or Exclude Accounts on Budgets, here: 
    https://getsatisfaction.com/quickencommunity/topics/add-ability-to-include-or-exclude-accounts-on-bu...

    Be sure to click on the link above to go there, then click VOTE at the top of THAT page to increase the count and therefore its visibility to the developers.

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    A rare statement confirming that "support for transfers in a budget... [is] definitely on our long-term roadmap..." (see here

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  • jacobsjacobs SuperUser
    edited December 2018

    You can also VOTE for the related feature to Include or Exclude Accounts on Budgets, here: 
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    Be sure to click on the link above to go there, then click VOTE at the top of THAT page to increase the count and therefore its visibility to the developers.

    If you do not click VOTE at the top of each one, your vote will NOT be counted!

    (If you find this reply helpful, please be sure to click "Like", so others will know, thanks.)

     

    Rare Marcus postings in that thread, and the very much rarer statement on future plans -- both quite welcome!

    The "long-term" qualifier doesn't provide much hope that this is going to be coming in one of the next few monthly updates, however. But it's huge that the need has been acknowledged, validated and accepted by the developers as something they need to do down the road.
    QMac 2007 & QMac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993
  • Steve CanhamSteve Canham Member
    edited February 2017
    Right, I need to be able to include income distributions from my IRA to my Checking account, which are entered as "transfers".  Without this ability, the Budget feature in Quicken for Mac 17 is useless.
  • Wendell SmithWendell Smith Member
    edited January 2018

    Right, I need to be able to include income distributions from my IRA to my Checking account, which are entered as "transfers".  Without this ability, the Budget feature in Quicken for Mac 17 is useless.

    This capability is so fundamental to budgeting that I can't believe Quicken for Mac 2017 lists budgeting as a feature. I'm reminded of Jon Lovitz on SNL: "Yeah, we can do budgets, that's the ticket!"
  • Larry ParksLarry Parks Member
    edited March 2017
    This is awful, we just purchased Quicken for Mac 2017 and not having the ability to track credit card payments and other transfers in the budget is not helpful for managing money and is a deal breaker for us. Hope this is fixed soon.
  • szwakydszwakyd Member
    edited January 2018
    Transfers should have the ability to show up in the budget. I understand that the money going from one's paycheck into a savings account does not change one's net worth. However, when that transfer goes from checking to pay off "DEBT" such as a HELOC which shows up under "DEBT", it should also be able to show up in the budget. Paying off a HELOC is paying off a debt. Paying off a debt is an expense that comes out of our checking. To most people, there is not difference between that and paying their utility bills. It should at least be an option to include transfers in the budget.
  • edited March 2017
    I got a survey from quicken and in it was if I would recommend this to others. I left a note saying I would not because of the transfer not showing up in budgets easily.
  • edited March 2017
    Voted - I relied heavily on this feature in the Windows version and am devastated to find it isn't included in the Mac version. This is a basic budgetary function and is essential.
  • David DahanDavid Dahan Member
    edited May 2017
    I'm having the same issue. And it's messing up my budget. I added a savings item in my budget (in my case, $1400 per month to my two kid's 529 plans). When I transfer the $1400 to the 529 plans from my checking account, the "Actual" amount for that month in the Budget analysis shows as $0, because, as noted above, transfers out of my checking account and into my 529 plans is a zero sum transfer.

    I tried to solve this issue by going into the 529 plans' Settings and selecting "Exclude from Reports" so that the deposit into the 529 plan no longer show up in the reports leaving only the withdrawal from the checking account to appear. It should have worked, but it didn't. The "Actual" amount in the Budget analysis page still shows $0, However, when I click to see the transactions amounting to $0, the transactions are $1400! So, it worked when you drill into the number, but it didn't work in the overall summary page. This seems more like a bug, because I specifically requested to exclude the 529 account from this report, yet it's still being included in the Budget analysis page, but not when drilling into the specifics of the number. All Quicken has to do is to have the Budget analysis page to properly exclude the accounts which were marked to be excluded.
  • Jim CJim C Member
    edited September 2018
    jacobs said:

    This feature, when implemented, must be flexible enough to enable/disable transfer from the budget on an account-by-account basis. (Since being able to select accounts for budgets is a feature request Quicken has not yet implemented, I suspect it's why including/'excluding transfers has also not yet been implemented.) Here's why: a transfer to pay your credit card bill should NOT be included int he budget, because you already have all the individual expense transactions in your credit account reflected in the budget. But a transfer to pay down a loan SHOULD be included i your budget, since it's money coming out of your cash flow every month. And you might want the option to include transfers to a retirement or non-retirement savings account in your budget, too, if you set a plan for savings and want to make sure you stick to it. So making ALL transfers show up in the budget won't work; it has to be implemented so it can be done on an account-by-account basis.

    Yes, exactly!  Thank You...  This has been an issue for a long time.  Thanks again!
  • Craig WollerCraig Woller Member
    edited September 2017
    I need this too.  Doesn't make sense that it is not capable of doing this.  Has anyone come up with a work around to track  mortgage payments?
  • Wendell SmithWendell Smith Member
    edited January 7
    Unfortunately, the only workaround for me was to abandon my use of Quicken for Mac, get a refund, and return to using Quicken for Windows in a Mac VM. 
  • plaklm4504plaklm4504 Member
    edited January 2018

    Unfortunately, the only workaround for me was to abandon my use of Quicken for Mac, get a refund, and return to using Quicken for Windows in a Mac VM. 

    Same here.  However, I will keep hoping...
  • Nick BNick B Member
    edited October 2018
    jacobs said:

    This feature, when implemented, must be flexible enough to enable/disable transfer from the budget on an account-by-account basis. (Since being able to select accounts for budgets is a feature request Quicken has not yet implemented, I suspect it's why including/'excluding transfers has also not yet been implemented.) Here's why: a transfer to pay your credit card bill should NOT be included int he budget, because you already have all the individual expense transactions in your credit account reflected in the budget. But a transfer to pay down a loan SHOULD be included i your budget, since it's money coming out of your cash flow every month. And you might want the option to include transfers to a retirement or non-retirement savings account in your budget, too, if you set a plan for savings and want to make sure you stick to it. So making ALL transfers show up in the budget won't work; it has to be implemented so it can be done on an account-by-account basis.

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE listen to Jacobs here and put this feature into an update very soon. Honestly, my budget is completely inaccurate in the way of helping me understand my cash flow since I can't include the pay off of a loan that was issued as a credit card account. I make payments out of my checking account each month to pay down this loan so my budget needs to reflect the loss of funds so my total income - expenses each month is real. I was a long time user of the Windows versions and this has been a very disappointing transition. I expected a simpler product, but it's been devoid of some very fundamental capabilities that has been very frustrating.
  • Budget1234Budget1234 Member
    edited August 2017
    This feature is CRITICAL to using Quicken as a full-featured budgeting software. If I am putting my money towards savings then it needs to show up in the Budget! 

    Why is the Quicken for Mac budgeting software not useable like every other budget software? It should simply allow me to allot my money as I want! 

    Please update this
  • gmalis1gmalis1 Member
    edited September 2017

    This feature is CRITICAL to using Quicken as a full-featured budgeting software. If I am putting my money towards savings then it needs to show up in the Budget! 

    Why is the Quicken for Mac budgeting software not useable like every other budget software? It should simply allow me to allot my money as I want! 

    Please update this

    Budgeting???

    You can't even create a REPORT using transfers as a cash flow expense out (or in, in the case of retirement earnings).

    Four years and they still couldn't add this to Quicken Mac.  Makes it completely non-functional.  
  • edited September 2017
    Agreed.  I'm limping along on my Windows machine until this feature is added.
  • LesLes Member
    edited September 2017

    How can Quicken for Mac omit a loan transfer in a budget? If you transfer a mortgage loan payment, there is no way to track that in a budget? 
    How useful is a budget if it does not reflect your cashflow? 
    I just discovered this as I was finishing my conversion to Quicken for Mac 2017 from Quicken Windows. And now it is refund time. 

    Good News:  Quicken for Mac 2007 is running great for me in High Sierra Beta.  Budgeting in 2007 is still the best approach.
  • LesLes Member
    edited September 2017

    Unfortunately, the only workaround for me was to abandon my use of Quicken for Mac, get a refund, and return to using Quicken for Windows in a Mac VM. 

    Maybe  Go back to Quicken for Mac 2007.  Its working well in High Sierra Beta for me
  • mattyv123mattyv123 Member
    edited September 2017
    Agreed, this is pretty much the last thing I need to have all of my budgets and accounts worked out on Quicken for Mac.  The new(-ish) loans feature has been awesome, but its ultimate utility is significantly reduced if I can't see payments to my loans in my monthly budget!

    I hope that this is something the team can add "easily" as all of the underpinnings to support this are there already for other account types.
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