Can't get purchases recognised in direct expenses

When I record a purchase invoice how to I get it to appear in the direct expenses column?

Also we are on invoice accounting so does VAT due only record itself after a purchase invoice has been paid?

What is the date of purchase invoice and what’s your start date set under Settings tab?

Regarding VAT, Manager supports both cash-basis and accrual-basis accounting so you can get VAT figures for both scenarios. Reports that can be generated on cash-basis will have the option to do so.