Have you tried making each customer a Job (sub customer) of the paying parent customer and Mark them Bill With Parent. Then you can receive the payment from the parent customer and apply any or all to the Job customers.
Resolution for 'Accountant Desktop 2017 issue: 'Grouping customers in QuickBooks Accountant Desktop 2017' available: Yes.
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