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Basically you would track this through invoices. Whatever invoices submitted to the contractor from the subcontractor goes on the job. Just keep track of which jobs they are for
When the contractor is paid in advance, you would debit prepaid subcontractor fees and credit cash. Then, when the subcontractor spends the funds then remove the asset account and place it to the proper expense accounts
The job cost won't end up being overstated.
What I'm seeing is, the costs being allocated to the jobs, when we pay the suppliers, but I don't see where those costs are offset when we pay the subcontractor. Or am I overthinking it or completely thinking incorrectly about it?
You're overthinking it. You just record expenses as they are paid, and if you prepay the subcontractor account for that as a prepaid account
ok. thank you. I am still confused about how to show these subcontactor material costs, as Subcontractor costs for Cost of Sales, versus company (paid for not using a subcontractor) Cost of Sales.
If it makes you feel better just make two accounts and keep it separate.
haha, well, I guess it would make it easier for me to track, to make sure we haven't overpaid the subcontractor.
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