When you receive a bill from a supplier or supplier, QuickBooks Online makes it easy to record it and pay it when it's due.

Here, you'll learn how to enter a bill, and how to pay bills using either the Pay Bills page, which lets you pay multiple bills and multiple suppliers at the same time, or using the Cheque page, which provides more information about a bill, but is better suited to paying one supplier at a time.

Enter bills

First, you need to record your bills:

  1. Select the Plus icon (+) on the Toolbar.
  2. Under Suppliers, select Bill.
  3. On the Bill page, select a Supplier.
  4. Select the bill's Terms from the drop-down list.
    The terms indicate when the supplier expects payment.
  5. Verify the Bill date and specify the Due date for the bill.
    The Bill date is the date the bill was created, entered, or received, and the Due date is the date payment must be made to the supplier.
  6. In the Bill no. field, enter a number or reference to distinguish this bill from others from the same supplier.
  7. Select a Location from the drop-down list to assign the invoice to a specific work site or business segment.
    You must have turned on Location tracking to see this field.
  8. Use the fields in the Account details and Item details sections to enter information for the bill including the appropriate Account, the type of Product/Service billed for, whether the amount is a Billable expense for a specific Customer, and any Tax charged.
  9. Select Save.

The bill is entered into the system. Now you can decide whether to pay it from the Pay Bills or Cheque page.

Navigate the Pay Bills screen

The Pay Bills screen lets you track bills you have entered and the ones that are due, and lets you pay multiple bills at the same time. To sort and filter the list found on the Pay Bills page, you'll need to know the following:

Filtering  By default, the list shows bills due within the previous 365 days, but you can use the options available from the Filter icon (the funnel) to filter the list. You can filter for:

  • bills due on a certain Due Date
  • bills in a date range you specify
  • bills due on or before a certain date (enter the date in the To field and leave the From field empty.)
  • bills only for a specific Payee
  • bills from  specific Locations (if you have turned on Location tracking in Account and Settings)
  • bills in Overdue status only.

Sorting: To sort by a particular column, select the header of that column. To sort in descending order, select the header again. You can sort the Pay Bills list by:

  • Payee
  • Ref. No.
  • Due Date 
  • Open Balance columns (if you sort by Payee or Open Balance, bills with that payee or balance are listed in date order.)

The Pay Bills page remembers your sorting preference, and the list will be sorted the same way the next time you open the page.

Tip Filter first, sort second! If you filter the list before you sort it, you'll probably find the transactions you're looking for faster.

You can also change the number of rows displayed using the options available from the Gear icon, located above the Total Amount column.

Pay bills from the Pay Bills page

The Pay Bills page is where you can multiple bills for multiple suppliers at one time.

  1. Select the Plus icon (+) on the Toolbar.
  2. Under Suppliers select Pay Bills.
  3. Select the appropriate Payment account and enter or verify the Payment date. The Payment account is the account from which you pay the bills. To pay one bill from different accounts (for example, part by cheque and part by credit card), or to record separate payments on different days, you must enter each partial payment separately.
  4. If you selected a current account, verify or change the Starting cheque no.
  5. (Optional) Select the Filter icon to narrow the list of bills to view only those you specify, and select Apply.
  6. Select the checkbox for each invoice to pay.
  7. Enter the amount of the Payment to be applied to the open bill.
    If available, you can specify the amount of any credit to apply in the Credit Applied column.
  8. Select Save and Print, Save or Save and close.

The selected bills are marked as paid.

Apply Partial Credits

You can easily apply partial credits to multiple bills from the same supplier.

If the Supplier has a credit, the credit amount is listed in the Credit Applied column. You can enter the amount of the available credit you want to apply to that bill.

As you proceed with the bill details, the available credit amount updates to reflect how much of that credit is still left.

Pay bills from the Cheque page

The Cheque page is the place to pay bills for one supplier at a time, get information about individual bills, and directly control how supplier credits are applied.

  1. Select the Plus icon (+) on the Toolbar.
  2. Under Suppliers, select Cheque.
  3. Choose the Payee and the Bank Account where the money will be withdrawn. If you select a payee with an outstanding bill, the Add to Cheque panel appears.
  4. In the Add to Cheque panel, select Add to pay an open bill, or Add all to pay all open bills and apply any Supplier Credit.
  5. Select a Location from the drop-down list if you have the location tracking feature turned on.
  6. Enter the total amount of the cheque in the Amount field.
  7. For multiple bills, in the Outstanding Transactions section, select the checkboxes of the bills to pay with the cheque, and enter a Payment amount for each. You can use one cheque to pay the any number of bills and split the payment across them.
  8. (Optional) Make a notation about the cheque in the Memo field, or add Attachments (such as a PDF copy of the receipt).
  9. Select Print
  10. Select Save and close. Alternatively, you can select Save and new to create a new cheque for another bill.