Create or edit a

This explains how to create and edit categories, and what each of the fields are for.

categories can also be known as nominal accounts or nominal codes.

What are categories

We use categories to group your transactions so you can see how your business is performing.

Each has Group and Type that determines how transactions are reported on your Profit and Loss and Balance Sheet reports.

Some categories are used automatically by Accounting Start when recording transactions to ensure that items such as your VAT are recorded correctly. These are known as control accounts and can't be edited. Control accounts are marked with an asterisk.

Create a

  1. From Settings, then Business Settings, choose Chart of Accounts.
  2. Select New .
  3. Enter the details and Save. The fields marked with asterisk * are mandatory

Edit a

You can change of the details of a ledger account.

Change the type:

  • Changes how the values are included on your reports
  • Does not update transactions are already entered.

Change the ledger name:

  1. From Chart of Accounts, select the you want to edit.

  2. Edit the Ledger Name to change how the displays in the Chart of Accounts.

  3. Edit the Display Name to change how the displays in the rest of the program.

Delete a

Once a is created, it cannot be deleted.

If you no longer want to use a , then exclude it from the chart of accounts. This removes it from selection lists when creating transactions.

You cannot exclude control accounts (indicated with an asterisk) from the chart of accounts.

  1. Click Settings, then Business Settings, Chart of Accounts.
  2. Open on the relevant .
  3. Clear the Included in Chart check box.
  4. Click Save.


If you're not sure what all the fields are for, here is an explanation

Types and groups

Each ledger account has a type and group.

This is used to group ledger accounts together and make sure they are report correctly on your profit and loss and balance sheet reports.

Nominal codes

This is a number you can use to help you find and sort your categories.

If you've moved from another accounting system such as Sage 50, we match with the codes you have used previously.

You can use any number that suits you. By default we have used the following numbers.

Assets = 0001 – 1999
Liabilities = 2000 – 2999
Capital = 3000 – 3999
Income = 4000 – 4999
Expenditure – Direct expenses = 5000 – 5999
Expenditure – Overheads = 6000 – 9999

VAT rate

Set a default VAT rate on categories, to help make sure transactions are entered with the correct VAT rate.

When the is selected, the VAT rate set on the is entered automatically. You can change the VAT on each transaction.

This is useful when transactions recorded against a particular , will use the same VAT rate most of time. For example, your sales are likely to be charged at the standard VAT rate so setting a default on the your sales categories may be useful.

Where VAT is not required for particular categories, just choose No VAT.


To help reduce errors, we've set up categories so they only be selected on certain types of transaction.

For example, sales categories can be selected on sales transactions.

The visibility check boxes determine which transactions the can

Choose the most appropriate one for you business. All categories are available on journals and reports.

If you can't see a , check the visibility setting.

Errors creating categories

If you see the following error:

Sorry about this – It looks like we’re experiencing a technical problem

Check the following:

  • Make sure you are not trying to use a nominal code that already exists.
  • Make sure that Bank is not selected under Visibility. Only ledger with a type as Bank can also have their Visibility set to Bank.

If you are trying to set a Current Asset with a code greater then 1300, it may give you a technical error, if this occurs, choose a different category (we recommend Bank) and Save, then go back in and edit the ledger to change the category back to Current Asset and Save again.