Hi Jim, I have to admit that you’ve stumped me on this one. Unfortunately I don’t think there is a way to turn off the feature that automatically categorizes payee based on a previous transaction. My suggestion is that you contact the Intuit tech support to see if they can help you. You can reach them at 1-888-333-3451. You could also chat with a support rep. Just log into your QBO account and click on the question mark in the upper right corner. You should see a link to start a chat.
If you do find out how to do this, please come back and share it with me and our readers. 🙂