Hi there, @matthewrennecker.
Thank you for visiting the QuickBooks Community. I'd be happy to help share some information about showing an expense as paid.
An expense is a cash basis transaction that's why it doesn't have an option to change the payment status. You use it when you pay a service or supplies immediately.
You can also check these articles for more details about expenses:
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Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any other questions about expenses. I'll be happy to help you out.