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QuickBooks Desktop 2021: Everything You Need To Know About Intuit’s Latest Release

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    Chris

    I have QB Desktop 2018 and the identical thing that happened to Paul in the comments also happened to me. This software version was supposed to work until May 2021 and a recent update broke some of the functionality earlier than it should have. I can no longer download transactions from my bank. Most of the trouble shooting I have done, indicates I must now upgrade to a newer version of QB in order to fix this issue. How lame is that. So yes, you can buy the individual license, which avoids the crazy subscription prices, however, it will only las for 2+ years before Intuit sends out an update to “break” the license. And yes, I could restore a back up copy prior to the update but not sure how many backups ago that was as I don’t use the download feature but once a month or so. I have determined, its easier to upgrade at this point. Unfortunately, QB online doesn’t have some of the features that are important to my business.

      stephen gunby

      My customers have had desktop versions that they have used for years and years – until they decided that they wanted to upgrade or needed new features. If I have one of them upgrade to the 2021 version it looks like that is a subscription model – which seems idiotic. But I’m worried that if we buy that, does it automatically have some kind of switch that it no longer works after “x” date ? or can they buy 2021, and then use it for 10 years- even though Intuit won’t support it after 3 years ? How about the 2020 version ?

        Jessica Dinsmore

        Hi Stephen,

        For QB 2021, there are two options: the annual subscription or the one-time software purchase. If they opt to make the one-time purchase of QB 2020 or 2021, they will not receive automatic updates, data recovery, and backups. The Care Plan for support is also not included and will need to be purchased separately if they so choose. After three years, the software won’t just stop working. However, QB will no longer offer support for that software — patches, updates, etc. But, yes, they can purchase either version of the software and use it for however many years they want. It will still continue to work — just no updates and things like that after three years.

          Paul Chaney

          My QuickBooks 2018 was supposed to have support until May 2021. I received an automatic update last week, and it rendered the program unusable. I re-installed the program, but it still will not work. I use a couple of the on-line features, like having an invoice that can be paid on line, on line download of bank deposits made by Intuit, and being able to accept credit cards. I don’t use bank feeds. I need the desktop version as opposed to an on line version because I don’t always have internet and cannot afford to be without my accounting. Unfortunately, this program has left me high and dry for 3 days so far. I can’t invoice my customers automatically by email, can’t do the proposals, and can’t reconcile bank and credit card accounts. I’m just about fed up with this “technology” that they keep “upgrading’ and :”up pricing” but now fails. I need a stand-alone product that can export data to any spreadsheed–not just excel; that can send invoices to be paid on line with any service–not just Intuit’s service. When these companies keep adding bells and whistles that we don’t really need, and they keep jacking the prices up, wanting you to “subscribe” to a service rather than just buy a product that I, the customer, can own, then I’m ready to go shopping for another accounting solution.

            Keith

            Paul – Let us know if you find a good replacement. I am fed up with Quickbooks. This steep price increase for 2021 is pure greed. No additional useful features.

              Randolph

              The increase in features for 2021 for most of us do not justify the big increase in price. Just greed!

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