Refunds are not income!!!
Expense reports are completely useless due to the categorization of refunds as income!
Isn’t expense reporting the main value proposition of the app? I see popular ideas like adding a dark theme on this page. This is great but please(!) get the basics right first.
Picking up a $200 bill for a dinner then getting $100 back from a mate is not $200 in dinner expenses. It’s $100! Ordering clothes for $400 online then making a return for $250 doesn’t mean that I spent $400 on clothes. I spent $150! Shall I continue? Splitting the grocery shopping bill on a weekly basis, splitting utility bills, paying for cinema tickets for a group under one reservation... you name it. We can’t use the expense report like this.
Please make this a priority in your dev pipeline!
Fabrizio Olivadese commented
I totally agree. If I spend 1000 euros and my friends give me 800 back with a bank transfer, I have a twofold problem:
1) in the expense category I will still see that I have spent 1000 euros (even if I associate the 800 received with the same category). Instead, i should see 200 euros as spent.
2) In the "monthly earnings" the 800 will also be evaluated, even if they are not earned: it is only a refound! My earnings should only be my salary!
I would love it if the default refund were to go to the same category as the purchase. Others have mentioned they apply refunds to same category as purchase and I do this as well. It helps me see what I really spent in a given category. I'm honestly not sure what purpose the refund category serves with the exception of tncome tax refunds, which are effectively deferred income.
i mean.. when thats the case ill log it as income but not in the category income. if i spend $100 for groceries and my fam gives back $80 i’ll log it as income in the grocery category, so it’ll show i spent $20 in groceries not $100 with a separate income of $80
Same problem, this should be fixed as soon as possible.
Reinhard Labuschagne commented
I overcome this by creating an income in the expense account. Thus if there was a debit of $200 and a credit of $100 in the Restaurant account then the nett of $100 debit would be registered.
YES please at least make this an option
Well ... it all depends on how you register your expense. I see it differently as you. When you go out for a dinner with a friend and pay 200€ for you and your friend you can also only register your own part of 100€ as restaurant expense and the other 100€ as a loan to your friend and then register his pay back as a refund. Doing this will give you a much better analytics on the way you’re spending your money too as it won’t register 200€ as restaurant expense but only the 100€ that you really gave out for restaurant.