QB Issue Resolution:

“we pass on an designer’s or contractor’s price directly their customer that they bring us.”

That’s just Pricing. That isn’t Subcontractor Expense management for purposes of 1099-Misc reporting.

“This year, they had us sell to their customer at retail price and then pay them back for their discount….”

That is Commission. That still isn’t Customer related.

“So they are our customer”

No; you told us Their Customer also is Yours.

“they buy product from us for their clients.”

Okay, if that is the Customer Name, you still track Payments to them Not as their Customer name.

“Thank you for your answer; it looks like I just create them as a vendor, which I tried to do, but Quick books bounced back and said I can’t.”

You cannot spell it the exact same.

“I believe I just have to change their name slightly, like add a period.¬†¬†Seems odd that it has to be done that way, but it is the only way I can see to do it.”

Customer Name and Vendor Name cannot match. You can do this:

Smith, Sally {C}

Smith, Sally {V}

for Top Left. Put their actual details properly in First Name, Last Name, billing address field, etc.

Resolution for Issue 'How to 1099 a customer??' available: Yes (Solved).
Source: Intuit Community forum.

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