When creating expenses from directly in the Bank Feed of QBO, the Payee field says that it is optional.  We don't believe it is.  We ALWAYS populate a supplier or vendor name into this field, so that the transaction appears in your supplier/vendor history.  If the Payee field is left blank, it doesn't change how the amounts are reflected in your Profit and Loss, but the expense would not appear in the history of the Vendor if you wanted to later reference it.

Updated: April2017