Tracking lent money in a Loan account

In Microsoft Money, Loan accounts are not just for money you borrow, they can also be used for money that you have lent (see Article 331 for more details on lending money).

If you choose to use a loan account, then you should set up a loan account, using the standard 'add a new account' option from the account list.

The first choice would be to choose the type of account. This should be 'Other account type (such as loan, asset, or watch accounts)'. Then choose a loan account.

Choose an account type in Microsoft Money. Selection of loan option when lending money

If do not you choose to track transactions and other details, a liability account will be set up to track an amount you owe (rather than what someone owes you), so choose to track transactions.

Choose to track transactions and other details, otherwise you'll get a liability account

The loan wizard will start as per normal next. Run through the windows until Microsoft Money asks if you are borrowing or lending money. Choose the lending money option.

Are you borrowing this money or lending it? option in Microsoft Money

The next window asks for a name of the loan, but, in a subtle change from the usual loan wizard, asks who you are receiving payments from. This would be the person to whom you lent the money.

Naming the loan, and specifying the person from whom you will be receiving payments

Run through the next windows on variable or fixed rate loans, until you come to choose a loan category. The 'interest category' lists your expense and income categories. Although the expense categories are listed first, you should choose an income category, as this is money you will be receiving. Choose an existing one, or create a new category.

Choose the category for the received interest. Note that expense categories are listed first - you'll want an income category

The next window asks where the money should be deposited if you use a scheduled payment.

Choosing an account to deposit the interest into, nearing completion of the loan account wizard

Finally you will have a summary of the wizard steps. If you continue, you should have successfully added a new account to your file. Note that this account appears in the Asset Accounts section of the account list, if viewing by account type.

Category: Loans