To handle section 1 items used as demonstrators, products being donated, lost, expired, or other similar business-related situations, we recommend creating a profile called Business Supplies to invoice and remove them from inventory. Invoices that are coded with the sale type of Business Supplies will also prompt for an expense category that Boulevard will automatically create for you. Only one profile needs to be created to handle all situations for multiple tax years.
Note: The steps below should only be used for section 1 items. Section 2 items are tracked and expensed through the Product Purchases report.
Step 1: Create a Business Supplies Profile
- Create a customer profile called Business Supplies.
- From the profile toolbar select Utilities, then Settings. View
- Under the Discount Type drop-down list select Business Supplies (this will set the Invoice Followup to 0 days, Email Invoice to No, and the Discount to 50% which can be adjusted).
- Under Options, check to Exclude from Dashboard.
- Click OK to close Profile Settings (if prompted to save, click Yes).
- Click Save then close the profile.
When you invoice the business supplies profile for section 1 demos, donations, lost, damaged, or expired product it is similar to invoicing for personal use except that an expense entry is added when you select an Expense Category.
Step 2: Invoice & Add the Expense
- Create a new invoice for the items under the Business Supplies profile.
- Under the Discount section, select the appropriate category from the Expense Category drop-down list (use suggestions below or seek advice from your tax professional). View
- Click to the left of the Cash/Check field to mark the invoice as paid-in-full. View
- For additional information, enter a short description in the Memo field (such as Demo, Expired, Charity, or Lost in Shipment).
- When finished, click Save.
- Supplies (COG): Items used as section 1 demonstrators
- Gifts: Items for an event not tied to a specific recipient
- Advertising: Items used as a giveaway to obtain leads
- Charity: Items donated to a shelter or other charitable organization
- Expired/Lost: Product that is past its prime, and being thrown out (See Track Product Expiration Dates for more information). Another use for this category would be products lost or damaged in shipment to a customer.
Tip: By invoicing your Business Supplies profile for situations when items are being removed from inventory for the situations mentioned above, all of the invoices will be grouped and easily accessible on the Gross Receipts report, or can be printed separately (see Filter Invoices by Name, Invoice, or Discount Type for detailed steps).