Add an expense transaction

The Transactions page is only available in the web browser version of Wave. To view the Transactions page, first log in to your Wave account at


If you haven't connected your bank account to automatically import your transactions, you can manually add income and expense transactions as they occur. 

Add an expense transaction

  1. On the left navigation menu, click Accounting Transactions.
  2. Click on Add Expense at the top of the page. Click within any of the following fields of the expense entry to enter details for: 
      1. Description
      2. Account
      3. Date
      4. Amount (the after-tax amount for the transaction)
      5. Category
  3. Add sales tax, if applicable.
  4. Click Save.

A small but important FYI regarding deleting things in Wave:

If you delete data in Wave, you won’t be able to recover it. Because you own your financial information, if you delete it, you’re telling us you don’t want us to store it anymore. So we won’t! Anything you delete (invoices, bills, manually created or imported transactions, journal entries, and pretty much anything else you can add) is gone forever once it’s deleted. This includes your entire Wave account, should you choose to close it; you can read more about that here.

If you do delete something you realize you need back, you’ll need to enter it or create it again. You can reference information from outside Wave to help with this, like bank statements, bills, or receipts. We don’t store any of your old data or older versions of your account, so make sure you definitely want to delete something before you hit that button!