Q: I noticed that Owner’s Draw is not showing up in the expense column of the P&L statement, is there a reason why?

Treatment of an owner’s compensation is determined by what type of entity/taxation structure your business is operating under.

When you are operating as a single-member LLC (taxed as a Sole Proprietor), Owner’s Draws are not considered Expense transactions. They are Equity transactions, which show up on the Balance Sheet, not the Profit & Loss.

In a single-member LLC (as well as a partnership LLC), all the profits/losses of the business flow through to your personal tax return and are considered to be the “Owner’s Equity” in the company. If you decide to take money out of the company, it is not considered an Expense — just as if you decide to put money into the company, it is not considered Income.

If your business entity were a Corporation or an LLC taxed as Corporation, then you would be taking a Salary instead of Draws. In that case your Salary, as well as all your company-paid Payroll Taxes, would show up as Expenses on the Profit & Loss.

If you really want to include your compensation on the P&L, we can create an Expense account for “Management Fees,” which will reflect all the Draws you take throughout the year. At the end of the year, we would need to make an adjustment to move that “Expense” back over to the Equity section of the Balance Sheet, since it is not allowed to be included as an Expense on your Federal Income Tax return.

I know this can be a difficult concept to grasp right offhand — but then again, so is most Tax Law. Let me know if you need any further explanation…

-Veronica