QuickBooks Desktop End-of-Sale Announcement: Resistance Is Futile

Intuit has recently announced it will no longer be selling new subscriptions of the less expensive Desktop versions of QuickBooks (Pro Plus, Premier Plus, Mac Plus, & Enhanced Payroll) after July 31, 2024.  Existing subscriptions are not impacted.  What does this mean?

If you have a subscription, they will continue to take your money.

Let’s say you don’t use QuickBooks for Payroll and don’t use any of their on-line services (e.g. Bill Pay, Payments, etc.).  You’re happily running an older version of say QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2019 without a subscription.  If you later decide to upgrade, your choices are limited to QuickBooks Online or QuickBooks Enterprise Desktop only.  As of today, a QuickBooks Enterprise Desktop Silver single user subscription without Payroll is $1481 for 12 months.  After 12 months, it renews at the then-current annual fee.  See https://quickbooks.intuit.com/desktop/enterprise/pricing/

That’s over $123 per month!  What happened to buying a copy for $150 and running it for 3-5 years… or longer?

QuickBooks Money Grab

QuickBooks Online starts at $15 per month, but if you don’t want your financial information available on the public internet, you’re looking at $123 per month minimum for a single user license of QuickBooks Enterprise Desktop.  Ouch!