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Categories Not Available for a Transaction (Q Mac)

Frank O'NeilFrank O'Neil Member ✭✭
I have all the required categories and sub-categories under Investments in my category list. However, in a specific dividend received transaction, I cannot use the Investments:Dividend Income category/sub-category. The only option I get in the transaction window is Investments:ESPP Income. So I thought I would type in Investments:Dividend Income, but that's not recognized in the transaction window, so I am given the choice of creating a new category/sub-category, but even when choosing that option, it won't stick.
I am finding this is an issue with several other investment categories that I tried to see if I could force the issue somehow.
I then tried creating a top-level category Dividend Income, which was accepted in the transaction window. My thought was to create that top category and merge that with Investments:Dividend Income as a workaround--that failed.
Dividend Income is a big deal for me, so I need to be able to use this category. Suggestions welcome.

I am using QMac V 6.0.1 with BigSur 11.0.1.

Best Answer

  • John_in_NCJohn_in_NC SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    Accepted Answer
    Let's step back a second. When entering the transaction, are you using the "Type" field to indicate what type of transaction it should be? (You should be.) For Dividend income, you use this selection:



    And by using that Type, the resulting category will be Investments:Dividend Income.


Answers

  • John_in_NCJohn_in_NC SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    Accepted Answer
    Let's step back a second. When entering the transaction, are you using the "Type" field to indicate what type of transaction it should be? (You should be.) For Dividend income, you use this selection:



    And by using that Type, the resulting category will be Investments:Dividend Income.


  • Frank O'NeilFrank O'Neil Member ✭✭
    Ah Ha. Your post pointed me in the right direction to solve the mystery. The dividend I received as a direct deposit into my checking account--where apparently Investments are not supposed to live as a Category or sub-Category. So that answers that question--it's working fine in my investment accounts.

    I might suggest to Quicken that this is not an isolated incident and perhaps they could allow some of the Investments categories to be used in a checking or savings account where funds might be directly deposited. That would simplify year-end tax data collection.

    In the meantime, I'll create a Category that will allow dividend income to be tracked in this checking account and modify my year-end reporting to pick it up.

    As an aside, this is the only dividend I receive that goes into checking (it's restricted stock due to Board service), so I can't move it to a brokerage.

    Thanks for the help.
  • jacobsjacobs SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    Generally, you want Quicken to mirror what happens in the real world. In this case, you did not receive a dividend from your checking account; your checking account was where the dividend ended up. But the dividend was earned in your investment account, so that's where it should be entered, followed by a transfer of cash from the investment account to your checking account. This will let Quicken accurately report your dividend income, and you can track your overall security performance. 
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  • Frank O'NeilFrank O'Neil Member ✭✭
    Well not really. These shares are held by the issuer and there is technically not an investment account. Dividends do originate there so I guess I could create a new account for them, but it could not be downloaded by Quicken. Thus I would end up doing a higher level of manual processing to reflect the dividend coming in to the “non account,” then the transfer out, etc.
    thanks for the help
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