Accounts Payable Basics: Create a Vendor Credit in QuickBooks

Financial Management

With accounts payable, your vendors send you invoices to pay for services or products you purchased from them. In QuickBooks, this transaction is known as a bill. If you return product or ask for a credit for services, the transaction in QuickBooks is called a vendor credit. This is not to be confused with the accounts receivable transaction, credit memo.

To set up a vendor credit, you’re going to go into the vendor list and select “Enter Bills”. Here, select the credit bubble. This changes the transaction from a Vendor Bill to a Vendor Credit. Then pick your vendor, and enter the amount. You may enter why they are giving you a credit in the memo section for future reference. The result of a vendor credit is going to be a debit to accounts payable and a credit to the general ledger account or item account you choose on the bottom half of the vendor credit.


After you select “Save + Close”, go into “Pay Bills”. You need to check the box next to a vendor that you have created a credit for. Then select credits and apply the credit to your bill. If a vendor rewards you with a credit for damage or dissatisfaction, you can apply the credit to an open bill so that it lessens your accounts payable balance to that vendor.


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One thought on “Accounts Payable Basics: Create a Vendor Credit in QuickBooks

  1. julie korman says:

    I’m sorry to bother you but I cannot find anything on the web to tell me how to get a FULL credit off the credits. When I click the box it gives me partial credits. I unclicked all the ‘billable’ boxes and it still won’t give me full credit.
    we have the newest version.

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