QuickBooks has announced significant changes regarding its Desktop products. Starting July 31, 2024, new subscriptions for QuickBooks Desktop Pro Plus, QuickBooks Desktop Premier Plus, QuickBooks Desktop Mac Plus, and QuickBooks Desktop Enhanced Payroll will no longer be available to new customers. However, this change will not impact existing subscribers. Current users will be able to continue renewing their subscriptions and receive support from QuickBooks.

Continued Support for Current Users

While new subscriptions will cease, current QuickBooks Desktop users can still renew their subscriptions beyond 2024. However, it’s important to note that QuickBooks typically discontinues support for desktop versions a few years after their release. For instance, support for QuickBooks Desktop 2021 will end after May 31, 2024. This means users will lose access to services like QuickBooks Desktop Payroll, Desktop Payments, live technical support, online data backup, and crucial security updates.

QuickBooks Enterprise: A Continuing Option

QuickBooks Enterprise, the version installed on local computers, will remain available for purchase even after July 31, 2024. This provides an ongoing option for those who prefer a desktop-based solution.

Transition to QuickBooks Online

QuickBooks is encouraging both new and existing users to consider QuickBooks Online, emphasizing its cloud-based services. For current Desktop users, QuickBooks offers a straightforward process to migrate company data to the online platform. The transition duration varies depending on the company’s size but generally takes less than an hour. QuickBooks Online provides the advantage of anytime, anywhere access, and continuous support and security updates for your data.

For more detailed information about these changes, please refer to the following resources:

QuickBooks Desktop 2021 Discontinuation Policy: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/en-us/help-article/feature-preferences/quickbooks-desktop-service-discontinuation-policy/L17cXxlie_US_en_US

QuickBooks Desktop Product Sales Discontinuation: https://www.firmofthefuture.com/product-update/faq-desktop-stopsell/

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Matthew Bluzer EA