Categories

Expense Categories help you to categorise your expenses and explain the nature of your expenses. Based on why and how you’ve incurred an expense, you can associate an expense category with it. For example, if you incur an expense for a client during the business lunch, you can create an expense under the Meals and Entertainment category. Also, categories help give a clear picture of your business expenditures when you run analytic reports.

Note: The expense categories created in Zoho Expense is automatically added under the Chart of Accounts section of Zoho Books. Newly created Chart of accounts will be an active category in Zoho Expense on checking the Show in Zoho Expense as an active account option in Zoho Books. Otherwise it will be visible as an inactive category in Zoho Expense.

Create a New Category

Zoho Expense has a set of default categories. You can create new categories, if required.

To create a new category:

  1. Switch to Admin View.
  2. Go to Settings on the left sidebar.
    (OR)
    Click the Gear icon at the top right side.
    Create a New Category
  3. Go to Modules under Customization.
    Create a New Category
  4. Click Categories.
    Create a New Category
  5. Click + New Category at the top right corner of the page.
    Create a New Category
  6. Mark the Make this a sub-category option, if it’s a sub-category.
  7. Enter the account name.
  8. If you’ve enabled expense types, select the expense type with which you would like to associate this category.
  9. Provide a description for your category, if required.
  10. Click Save to save your merchant.
    Create a New Category
  11. The category you create will be common to all policies. Within a policy, you can override the existing general rules and make rules specific to a particular category.

Add a Sub-category

Using sub-categories, you can be further specific about your expenses. For instance, expenses incurred during a business travel include meals, lodging, cab charges, etc. Here, you can add them as sub categories under the parent category โ€˜Travelโ€™. As a result, you can accurately track the amount spent during business travels.

To add a sub-category:

  1. Switch to Admin View.
  2. Go to Settings on the left sidebar.
    (OR)
    Click the Gear icon at the top right side.
    Add a Sub-category
  3. Go to Modules under Customization.
    Add a Sub-category
  4. Click Categories.
    Add a Sub-category
  5. Click + New Category at the top right corner of the page.
    Add a Sub-category
  6. Enter the category name.
  7. Mark the Make this a sub-category option.
  8. Enter the account code if necessary.
  9. Click Save to save your sub-category. You can now associate it while creating an expense.
    Add a Sub-category

Edit a Category

If you would like to change a category’s name or account, or if you would like to change an existing category to a sub-category, you can edit it and make changes.

To edit a category:

  1. Switch to Admin View.
  2. Go to Settings on the left sidebar.
    (OR)
    Click the Gear icon at the top right side.
    Edit a Category
  3. Go to Modules under Customization.
    Edit a Category
  4. Click Categories.
    Edit a Category
  5. Hover over the category you want to edit and click the More icon at the right corner of the category.
  6. Click Edit.
    Edit a Category
  7. Make the necessary changes and click Save.
    Edit a Category

Mark a Category as Active or Inactive

If you mark a category as inactive, users will not be able to associate it with an expense. To mark a category as inactive:

  1. Switch to Admin View.
  2. Go to Settings on the left sidebar.
    (OR)
    Click the Gear icon at the top right side.
    Mark a Category as Active or Inactive
  3. Go to Modules under Customization.
    Mark a Category as Active or Inactive
  4. Click Categories.
    Mark a Category as Active or Inactive
  5. Select the category you would like to mark as inactive using the check box and click Disable on the top of the page.
    Mark a Category as Active or Inactive
  6. Once you mark a category as inactive, you will not be able to associate it with expenses.
  7. To view the inactive categories, click the All Categories dropdown on the top of the page and select Inactive.
    Mark a Category as Active or Inactive
  8. Similarly, to mark an inactive category as active again, select the category using the check box and click Enable on top of the page. The category will be enabled.
    Mark a Category as Active or Inactive
  9. Also, you can mark the categories as active or inactive in bulk by selecting the categories in bulk and clicking Enable or Disable respectively.
    Mark a Category as Active or Inactive

Delete a Category

If you want to remove a category permanently, you can delete it. However, if you do not want to delete a category, you can disable it and enable it later when required.

Prerequisite: You cannot delete a category that is already associated with an expense.

To delete a category:

  1. Switch to Admin View.
  2. Go to Settings on the left sidebar.
    (OR)
    Click the Gear icon at the top right side.
    Delete a Category
  3. Go to Modules under Customization.
    Delete a Category
  4. Click Categories.
    Delete a Category
  5. Hover over the category you want to delete and click the More icon at the right corner of the category.
  6. Click Delete.
    Delete a Category
  7. Click Delete again to delete the category.

Import Categories

If you’ve categories data elsewhere, you can import it in CSV or TSV format into Zoho Expense.

To import expense categories:

  1. Switch to Admin View.
  2. Go to Settings on the left sidebar.
    (OR)
    Click the Gear icon at the top right side.
    Import Categories
  3. Go to Modules under Customization.
    Import Categories
  4. Click Categories.
    Import Categories
  5. Click the More icon at the top right corner of the page.
  6. Select Import Categories.
    Import Categories
  7. In the first step, drag and drop a file you want to upload or click Choose File to choose the import file from your desktop or a cloud account. If you want to upload another file instead of the selected file, click Replace File and choose another file.
  8. Click Next.
    Import Categories
  9. In the next step, the best match to each field in Zoho Expense will be auto-mapped with the fields in the imported file. If there are unmapped fields, you can map them manually.ย ย If you want to save the existing mapping for future imports, mark the Save these selections for use during future imports checkbox.
  10. Click Next.
    Import Categories
  11. The data in the unmapped fields will not be imported into Zoho Expense. If you want to map those fields, click Previous and map the unmapped fields.
  12. Once you have mapped all the relevant fields, click Import to import categories to Zoho Expense. All the imported categories will be listed under the Categories module.
    Import Categories

Export Categories

If you would like to send your expense categories details to your accounting software or any other application, you can export them.

To export expense categories:

  1. Switch to Admin View.
  2. Go to Settings on the left sidebar.
    (OR)
    Click the Gear icon at the top right side.
    Export Categories
  3. Go to Modules under Customization.
    Export Categories
  4. Click Categories.
    Export Categories
  5. Click the More icon at the top right corner of the page.
  6. Select Export Categories.
    Export Categories
  7. Select the format (CSV or XLS (XLSX)) in which you want to export your categories data.
  8. If you want to secure the file with a password, mark the I want to protect this file with a password option and provide a password in the Password field.
  9. Click Export to download the data to your computer.
    Export Categories
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