About default offset accounts for expense transactions [AX 2012]

Updated: December 13, 2010

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

When you enter an expense transaction on a journal line, the system suggests the offset account that best matches the project, category, and worker on the transaction line.

The type of default offset account can be vendor, customer, ledger, or bank. The most common practice is to set up the default offset account as a vendor account. However, some companies set up a ledger offset account for individual workers or they use prepayments and set up the default offset accounts as customer accounts.

NoteNote

If you set up an offset account on a journal header, it overrides accounts from the default offset account when you enter expenses in that journal.

Workers who pay for meals, hotels, and transportation when they travel on business must be reimbursed by the company. For reimbursement purposes, it is helpful to have a default offset account. When you set up a system for default offset accounts, an offset account is suggested when workers register expenses in the expense journal.

The following table illustrates a scenario in which a company has set up four default offset accounts.

Worker

Category

Project

Type

Default offset account

Worker 1

Blank

Blank

Vendor

1356

Worker 2

Blank

Blank

Vendor

1367

Blank

Flight

Blank

Vendor

205085

Blank

Hotel

13000

Vendor

206068

When workers 1 and 2 enter expense transactions, the system uses the default offset accounts 1356 and 1367. However, if the expense is an airline ticket, offset account 205085 is suggested because the airline, which in this case is the vendor, will be reimbursed, rather than the worker.

The company has an agreement with a hotel chain in the area where project 13000 is located. Therefore, they have set up a default offset account for all hotel expenses on project 13000. If a worker enters an expense transaction that has category Hotel on project 13000, the system suggests offset account 206068.

You set up offset accounts for projects, categories, and workers. When the system searches for an offset account to assign an expense transaction to, it selects the account that most closely matches the details of the expense for project, category, and worker. For example, when the system identifies a set of accounts that have the correct project, it continues the search for category, and then worker, to find the closest match. If no offset account is assigned at the worker level, the account that is assigned to the category is used. If no account is assigned to the category, the account that is assigned to the project is used.


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