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What is the entries to record Withholding Tax?

Withholding Tax is under which account type? Is it expenses?


Withholding tax is a cost to the person/company you wrote the payment to
not to your company.  Your company takes this money "in trust" until you make the payment to the taxing authority.  This is a liability to the Company at the time of

So if you owe another entity/person $500 and take $100 in withholding taxes. Your
expense is $500, you post the $100 as a liability and the net check is $400.

In QuickBooks, if a bill is entered, you could record the bill as $400
Allocating the amount as follows
Expense $500
Withholding tax liability  -100

The same thing could be entered on a check if no bill is generated.

Hope this helps,

Linda Saltz, CPA
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