QB Issue Resolution:

Menu Edit>preferences>time & expenses> Company preferences Tab check the mark all expenses as billable


Then when you pay a bill, there will a block for customer name and a check mark box for billable.  Select the customer name and do NOT mark it billable, that associates the expense with the customer/job.  Using a job for this allows you to run a P&L by job from the job screen

Resolution for Issue 'Question: How to link a vendor bill with an invoice without billing it to the customer?' available: Yes (Solved).
Source: Intuit Community forum.

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