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Reverse Bills

Sometimes I EARN money, and I owe that money to my 3 roommates.

A bill is when they OWE ME money. A Reverse bill is when I OWE THEM money.

You can solve this by letting us do a negative amount for a bill. Thanks!

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    BlaineBlaine shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    completed  ·  Splitwise SupportAdminSplitwise Support (Admin, Splitwise) responded  · 

    Our website now has additional handling for reverse bills/refunds – when entering a bill, you now have the option to choose “reimbursement” as a split type, which will allow you to distribute money equally between a number of people. (If you try to enter a negative cost in the “Add bill” form, it will now automatically change to the new “reimbursement” split method.)

    We’d love to add this kind of bill to our mobile apps as well, but it’s not on the roadmap yet. Apologies for the inconvenience!

    Hope that helps! Let us know if you encounter any bugs, or if you have any other suggestions.

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      • Marcela De AnguloMarcela De Angulo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Sometimes the expenses are for selling stuff, so it would be great if you could register who received the income and how it should be distributed between the people of the group.

      • AkbarAkbar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Currently when there is a cashback on a particular transaction, say for example if we buy groceries and apply some coupon for cashback which gets credited later, then initially we put the entire amount for splitting. Later when the cashback is received, then we need to find the previous entry amd reduce that cashback amount. Instead of this, if we could simply add a negative entry for cashback that would be helpful I believe.

      • Sara Del PinoSara Del Pino commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When the group paid an expense (car rental, for example) and after some days, the company pay the group back some money, because the price changed, but the group already had distribuited the expense. so it's importante to be able to register not only expenses, but also incomes

      • WillWill commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This functionality needs to be added to the app! I receive income regularly for the groups I'm in, and would like to account for that!

      • Linesh MehtaLinesh Mehta commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is an awesome feature! Splitwise Team - you guys have done a commendable job and we love you guys! keep up the great work!

      • marie goddardmarie goddard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Lately I've had rebates for various expenses. For example, my partner paid for 3 months of car insurance (split half) then I recieved the rebate monies because we cancelled the insurance after only 1 month. It would be nice to reconcile this without having to go back and adjust the original payment. Often rebates are many months behind. Applicable to health insurance claims or other claims.

      • VictorVictor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If in the house we rent a room we have to split profits, what about add an income column?

      • OlegOleg commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It will be great to have possibility to record reimbursements not from website only but from mobile app as well. Thanks!

      • FacundoFacundo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        An example probably explains this idea better.
        Say I have a group with 5 friends, and we are starting a home breweing business...so we have to invest on equipment, malt, etc.. and put our expenses on splitwise to settle the balance at the end of the month...
        Now, we sold 20Liters of beer, and we want to re invest this money so as to lower the overall balance for next month. Well, be able to add this money as credit equally (or not) shared would be a great feature!

      • Davis GossageDavis Gossage commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My roommates and I are selling our stuff and thought having negative bills is an interesting use case that I don't think would be difficult to implement.

        Ex: I sell our couch for $400 and want to split that profit equally with my 3 roommates.

      • Mailu MwauMailu Mwau commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        For example if you make money between friends it would be nice to use this to track shared revenue the same way.

      • ArunArun commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "Our website now has additional handling for reverse bills/refunds – when entering a bill, you now have the option to choose “reimbursement” as a split type, which will allow you to distribute money equally between a number of people"

        This is all good except the split in few of our transactions is not equal between the parties. So, it's a problem. Can you let the amount be edited in the reimbursement screen. It would be a simple but a very useful solution.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I tried to do a reverse payment to reimburse people and it keeps adding it as a positive expense as if the group equally paid that amount each. Any ideas on how to fix this?

      • Théo ZimmermannThéo Zimmermann commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is the contrary of paying a bill for several people. You receive a subsidize that you agreed to share with your friend/room-mate... Currently it requires hard thinking to know how to do so.

      • MaxMax commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What do we do then if we want to split the reimbursement unequally? Could you add the percentage option for refunds?

      • Sajal K BasuSajal K Basu commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        A problem with this method is the money distributed gets added in the person's share as well as the group cost.

        Eg.
        I booked a bus ticket for 100 for 2 people (excluding me) for a Trip A
        I cancel it 10 days down the line and get back 80. I add it as negative/reimbursement and split it between the two people again.

        Actually the total group spending should be 20, but it will be 180

        I had a recent trip where there were few major cancellation and refunds involved. Getting the total group spends was a real headace.

        Please find a good solution of this ..

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It would be nice to have a way to add common income. some times a househood has common income like a Airbnb, that would balance the debts between the people in that group.

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