You have two ways of recording the transactions depending on the type of supplier pre-payment. Is it quick turn around or will it take a longer time to complete the job or service?
1) When you make vendor pre-payment, use Accounts Payable (A/P) under Account tab. When supplier bills you, create a Vendor Bill in QBO and use an appropriate account. That will clear the vendor pre-payment balance. This is the easy way to enter the transactions especially say if you can record both entries within less than a month. You will then need to match pre-payment and entered Bill to clear the account by clicking Pay Bills tab (Create + sign > Vendors > Pay Bills).
2) You may use this method if pre-payment to the supplier will take longer than 30 days to clear. In order words, for example, you make pre-payment job in January and the job will not be complete until June.
To set up pre-payment to the supplier, create a new account. You would set up “Pre-Payment to Supplier” as other current assets in QBO
SETUP PREPAYMENT SUPPLIER ACCOUNT
When you receive a Bill, enter expense account to be charged. On next line, select Pre-Payment to Supplier account and enter it as a negative amount. If the received bill is exactly the same as pre-payment then, it will net out as zero entry. But if the actual bill says higher than pre-payment amount then, you just make the payment for the difference. That will clear the account.
ENTER BILL AND CLEAR PREPAYMENT ACCOUNT
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