QuickBooks Desktop shutdown looms as accountants ponder alternatives

Intuit has announced that it will discontinue QuickBooks Desktop for UK customers and that full support would only be available until 30th June 2023.

This will have a big impact on thousands of UK customers who currently use QuickBooks Desktop. The feeling among users is that they are being forced into using a cloud-based version. Although cloud-based platforms are constantly improving and being updated, many still do not match the features and capabilities that the desktop versions offer.

What can I do if I use QuickBooks Desktop?

QuickBooks Desktop software users who have a perpetual licence, who don’t want to move all their data, can continue to use the desktop version but without support.

This would mean that they are using an unsupported version, just like using old versions, would not have security updates and would cause high security risk, and would not be recommended.

Why has QuickBooks Desktop been discontinued?

Intuit announced in October 2021 that it was discontinuing QuickBooks Desktop support and updates for its UK customers on 31st January 2023 and it was pushed back to 30th June 2023 after UK users demanded more time to prepare for the change.

Intuit has said that their reason for the change is to ensure that UK customers are able to remain compliant and a shift in UK product development focus.

Changes have been happening for a while now. Starting from 31st May 2021, QuickBooks Desktop for Windows ceased providing access to add-on services. This change affected all versions of QuickBooks Desktop Pro, Premier, and Enterprise Solutions v18.

Subsequently, from June 2021 onwards, users were no longer able to utilise Intuit services integrated with QuickBooks Desktop. This included Live Support as well as other services like QuickBooks Desktop Payroll Services, Online Backup, and Online Banking, which were previously accessible through QuickBooks Desktop 2018 software.

What options do I have?

If you are considering transitioning away from QuickBooks Desktop, especially with the urgency of MTD (Making Tax Digital), Sage 50 Accounts is a great option for anyone who wants on-premise rather than cloud-based software.

You can seamlessly transfer your accounting data without the need to begin anew and spend countless hours manually inputting past data into a different accounting system.

If you would like more information or support migrating from QuickBooks Desktop to Sage 50 Accounts Desktop, please get in touch here.


“Any advice relating to accounts or tax should be sought from your tax accountant. Sage Accounts Solutions Limited will not be held responsible for any loss or damage caused as a result of the information contained herein.”

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