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Pay bills in QuickBooks Desktop

After recording what you owe in QuickBooks Desktop, you can use Pay Bills to settle your payables for different suppliers. You can also apply the corresponding discount or credit for each payment you make. Here's how to do it.

How do I pay a bill/payable?

Important: Don't write a cheque to pay a bill. If you do, the bill will remain open/unpaid which may lead to inaccurate data on financial reports.
  1. Go to the Suppliers menu, then select Pay Bills.
  2. If you use more than 1 Accounts Payable account, select the appropriate one from the A/P Account drop-down.
  3. Select the bills you want to pay from the table.

    How do I select bills?

    • To select a invoice to pay, mark the checkbox from the checked column.
    • To select all the bills in the list, select Select All Bills.
    • To unmark all bills and start over, select Clear Selections.

    Why is my bill not showing?

    • You may still have to enter the bill.
    • If you already entered the bill and selected the Show all bills radio button, you may need to scroll up/down to find your bill.
    • If there are too many bills listed, you can narrow down the entered bills by selecting Due on or before then specifying the date on the Show bills section.
    • You have multiple A/P accounts and the bill isn't in the selected A/P account.
    • The bill is already paid. You can run the Transaction List by Supplier report to check.
      1. Go to the Reports menu,  select Suppliers & Payables and then Transaction List by Supplier.
      2. (Optional) Customise the report to include the Billing status column.
        1. Select Customise Report.
        2. Choose Billing Status from the Columns section.
        3. Select OK.
  4. Set any discount or credit that you want to apply to the bills.


    Discount is a fixed amount or percentage you deduct from the total amount you owe to the supplier. You can set QuickBooks to automatically use a fixed amount or you can enter your own. To enter a discount:

    1. Mark the appropriate bill, then select Set Discount.
    2. Enter the discount amount. Note that the discount amount can't be greater than the amount of the bill.
    3. From the Discount Account drop-down, choose the account you use to track discount income. You can also select Add New if you don't have one set up yet.
    4. (Optional) If you're using classes to track account balances, choose the appropriate class from the Discount Class drop-down.
    5. Select Done.


    Credit is the amount the supplier deducts from the amount you owe. The Credits window displays the available credit. You can set QuickBooks to automatically use available credits or you can manually set it. To set credits:

    1. Mark the appropriate bill, then select Set Credits.
    2. Select the credits that you want to apply.
    3. Select Done.
  5. Select the payment date and method.


    1. From the Method drop-down, choose Check.
    2. Select the appropriate radio button.
      • To be printed: QuickBooks will prepare a cheque for the supplier and add it to the list of cheques to be printed. You’ll have the chance to print the cheque at the end of this task.
      • Assign cheque number: Choose this option if you plan to manually write the cheque or use a debit card. When you record your bill payment after completing this form, you're prompted to enter cheque numbers (or a reference number if you use a debit card) and dates.
    3. From the Account drop-down, choose the bank account from which you want to pay the bills.

    Credit card

    1. From the Method drop-down, choose Credit Card.
    2. From the Account drop-down, choose the credit card account from which you want to pay the bills.

    Cash, debit card, or ATM card

    1. From the Method drop-down, choose Cheque (though you're not paying with an actual cheque).
    2. Select Assign Cheque number. Note: After completing the form, you're prompted to enter a cheque number and date. You can leave the cheque number blank or you can enter something to show the type of payment e.g.Cash.
    3. From the Account drop-down, select the appropriate account from which you want to pay the Bills.

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