QB Issue Resolution:

You can set it up as an expense so that it shows in raw P&L for other than tax purposes but at year end you may have to move all or a portion to an amortization asset. Check with your tax cpa

Resolution for Issue 'I would like to add an account for research and developement, would this just be an expense account? Just want to make sure I set up properly' available: Yes (Solved).
Source: Intuit Community forum.

I would like to add an account for research and developement, would this just be an expense account? Just want to make sure I set up properly: this issue or error code is a known issue in Quickbooks Online (QBO) and/or Quickbooks. Support for this issue is available either by self-service or paid support options. Experts are available to resolve your Quickbooks issue to ensure minimal downtime and continue running your business. First try to resolve the issue yourself by looking for a resolution described below. If it is a complex issue or you are unable to solve the issue, you may contact us by clicking here or by using other support options.

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