Allownace for Doubtful Accounts

AFDA should be A/R in Balance Sheet as a contra entry. In Quick Book Pro 2009, at the end of the yr to write off bad debt of the customer, I have to make credit memo for that customer.
As an item AFDA won't go to A/R. I have to select A/R account only in credit memo to adjust open invocies. If I select AFDA accout then I can't adjust open invoices. When I make General Journal entry for Bad debt Dt (Expenes) to AFDA Cr (A/R) it asks for customer name. So I can't make General Journal entry for it. Can I take AFDA as Other Current Asset instead of A/R? I appriciate your help in this matter. Thank you. JK
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