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How to import Amortization Schedules in NetSuite

Amortization is an expense recognition feature and an accounting technique that is used to spread the cost of an asset over time. This feature can help in the deferral of purchase expenses. Amortization is similar to depreciation as they are both methods of calculating expense over a given amount of time.

The Amortization Schedule is now a feature in NetSuite. This Amortization feature allocates an expense for the systematic payment over a preferred period of time.

Benefits of Amortization 

This feature brings a lot of benefits, some of these include:

  • It reduces tax in the current tax year without paying cash.

  • It allows you to have more assets and income on your balance sheet

Setting up the Amortization Feature 

To use this feature, you have to enable the accounting period feature. This will determine the periods for the amortization schedule.


  1. Navigate to the ‘Setup’ drop-down menu, then to the ‘Enable Functions’ option.


2.Under the Accounting sub-tab, tick the checkboxes for ‘Accounting Periods’ and ‘Amortization’. The others can be selected based on your preferences. 


3. The system will add a default account to the Chart of Accounts. It will be a type of deferred expense and each amortization must have one assigned.

4. To create or view accounts, navigate to Lists > Accounting > Chart of Accounts

5. To edit the accounting period, navigate to ‘Setup’ drop-down menu, then ‘Accounting’ then click the ‘Manage Accounting Periods’

Once these steps have been completed, Amortization Preferences can be configured.  To set these preferences go to Setup > Accounting > Accounting Preferences. Some of these checkboxes include:

  • Allow Foreign Currency Amortization Schedules

  • Default Amortization Journal Date To- (Last Day of Period or Current Date)

  • Allow Users to Modify Amortization Schedules

The Auto-Numberer Amortization Schedules

Enabling this feature requires you to navigate to Setup > Company > Setup Tasks > Auto-Generate Numbers. Click the Schedule tab and tick the checkbox beside Amortization Schedule.

Populate the boxes and click Save. 

Amortization Templates

Templates are used after enabling the various features to allow you to customize your deferral terms. You can create a template by navigating to ‘list’ in the drop-down menu, ‘Accounting’ then click ‘Amortization Schedules’.   When creating an Amortization template there are many features and variables to specify from. These include Name, Type, Method, Team Source, Deferral Account, Contra Account, Target Account and more as shown in the picture below.This template can aid in the deferral expenses by linking it to the item you have purchased.

Delia Diaz
Delia Diaz

Delia Diaz is a NetSuite Senior Consultant and Developer with 5+ years of experience in NetSuite and over a decade of experience in Software Development bringing configuration and customization of the client’s processes and more for companies like Lyft, Puppy Spot, Motivate, Citibike, Netsoft, Mural, Clear and SofLa. She is dedicated to being responsible, proactive, autodidact and a great team builder, willingness to solve problems and learn new technologies with her work. Besides her love for Technology, she loves to spend time with her family and travel. She also loves to play tennis.

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