I invoice an item for $10 and give a 5% discount. My P & L currently shows sales of $9.50. I would like to show sale of $10 as income and an expense of $0.50 separately. How can I achieve this please
You must enter a separate line item on the sales invoice for the discount. Input the discount as a negative number and allocate that line item to an expense account named something like
When you use the discount feature within a line, that has the effect of lowering your sale price. Of course, the bottom line effect on profit or loss is identical. But your approach gives the appearance of higher income (and higher expenses). A question to ask yourself is why it matters, especially since it makes more data entry work and the customer sees the discount you have given either way.