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Recording investment income in taxable and non-taxable categories (3 Legacy Votes)

Pat Bell
Pat Bell Member ✭✭
edited March 2020 in Investments (Mac)
I am a new user of Q Mac 2018 and find all dividends (taxable and non-taxable) are in one income category.  Using the "Tax Report" does not accurately reflect the true nature of the dividends. 

It is a hassle but I set up a unique category for taxable dividends (i.e. 185 Dividends-T) and another for non-taxably from IRA accounts, etc. (i.e. 186 Dividends-NT).  To record a dividend in any investment account use "Miscellaneous Income" in the Type box and type in the unique category (185 for a taxable dividend) in the "Category" box opposite the amount box. This will segregate the dividends in the Reports.  

Quicken should expand the options for recording different types of investment income; however, until then, this approach seems to work for me.
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  • RickO
    RickO SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    edited March 2018
    You could also use tags to segregate the taxable from the nontaxable.
    Quicken Mac Subscription; Quicken Mac user since the early 90s
  • Unknown
    Unknown Member
    edited March 2018
    And if the investments are re-invested, with your method you'll need to create a second transaction as a BUY.

    Currently, Quicken Mac will do any reinvested dividend as ONE transaction, and as you noted will not distinguish between taxable and non-taxable dividends. 

    What I've done to alleviate the double entry is retain the "one transaction" of reinvest dividend and then create two separate reports in Quicken Mac.

    One report is for taxable dividends and capital gains, the other is for tax deferred (non-taxable) dividends and capital gains.

    I segregate the two by customizing and selecting only taxable accounts in one and non-taxable accounts in the other.

    I even have a third report that has both taxable and non-taxable accounts.

    Just an alternative way to handle things.  
  • RickO
    RickO SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    edited January 2020

    And if the investments are re-invested, with your method you'll need to create a second transaction as a BUY.

    Currently, Quicken Mac will do any reinvested dividend as ONE transaction, and as you noted will not distinguish between taxable and non-taxable dividends. 

    What I've done to alleviate the double entry is retain the "one transaction" of reinvest dividend and then create two separate reports in Quicken Mac.

    One report is for taxable dividends and capital gains, the other is for tax deferred (non-taxable) dividends and capital gains.

    I segregate the two by customizing and selecting only taxable accounts in one and non-taxable accounts in the other.

    I even have a third report that has both taxable and non-taxable accounts.

    Just an alternative way to handle things.  

    Dividends can be tax exempt even though they are from a taxable account. So this method may not fully solve the problem for the OP. 
    Quicken Mac Subscription; Quicken Mac user since the early 90s
  • Steve29
    Steve29 Member ✭✭✭
    These workarounds just point to the fact that Q2020 is doing a much poorer job that Q2007. Anybody who doesn't pay attention to the tax-ability of dividend income is wasting lots of money. It's a very important consideration with any investment! Q2007 made the distinction clear by allowing two transaction types: "Dividend Reinvest" and Dividend Reinvest Non Taxable". Q2020 should do the same. It's long past due for this feature to be implemented. It's elemental, basic. Ground zero for investing.
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