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Chelsea Krause

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Chelsea Krause is a writer who has specialized in accounting for over three years and is a QuickBooks Certified User. She has a BA in English & Creative Writing from George Fox University and studied at the University of Oxford as well. She has been quoted in Forbes and her work appears in Startup Nation, Small Business Bonfire, and Women on Business.
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    Brooks Bell

    Organization Name: Intuit

    A couple corrections: QuickBooks Mac is integrated with Intuit Online Payroll. You access it via the Employees->Payroll menu. IOP is an online service and costs extra but data does flow seamlessly between QuickBooks Mac and IOP.

    Intuit’s Merchant Services payments are integrated with QuickBooks Mac. This allows for credit card processing within the application. What isn’t supported in 2019 is the ability to send links to a portal where user’s can pay Invoices. This is an often requested feature we hope to reintroduce in a future version.

    Security in 2019 has been increased though, as you note, it is still data residing on your computer. Online backup can be automatically done using MacOS’s built in iCloud drive and is highly recommended.

    • Organization Name: Intuit

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    Chelsea Krause

    We followed up on Brooks’ correction, and all of the QuickBooks reps we’ve spoken to say QuickBooks for Mac 2019 doesn’t directly integrate with Intuit Online Payroll or Intuit Merchant Services. Brooks may have found a loophole, but this is not a function that QuickBooks endorses to our knowledge. However, the tip on using iCloud for backups is a great one that we will be adding to the review. We will continue to keep this review updated and will let everyone know if QuickBooks Mac improves its integration selection in the future.

    At this time, QB Mac users can still purchase and make use of Intuit Payroll and Intuit Merchant Services; the programs just won’t communicate directly.

    – Chelsea Krause

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      Brooks Bell

      Organization Name: Intuit

      Inside of QuickBooks Mac you can contact to Intuit Online Payroll via the Employees->Payroll menu. When you configure your payroll it will communicate bidirectionally to upload and download accounts, employees, paychecks, and tax payments.

      Sign up for Merchant Services in QuickBooks->Preferences. Once signed up you can receive payments for Invoices and Sales Receipts via credit card. You can also send out e-Invoices for customers to pay via Intuit’s online portal.

      • Organization Name: Intuit

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      Lynn Mott

      Organization Name: Mott & Co.

      QuickBooks for Mac has Worked fairly well for me until I upgraded to QB for Mac 2019. Sadly, the new version is not synched with the Payroll program. I have chatted with eight different Intuit support persons today and none of them could help me. Don’t buy QuickBooks if you use a Mac. Find something else.

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      • Organization Name: Mott & Co.

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      Tim Foster

      I started bookkeeping 25 years ago on Quickbooks for Mac. Though I’ve worked on PC versions for most of the time since then, I’ve always had at least one client that wouldn’t give up their Mac.

      Intuit has discontinued Quickbooks for Mac multiple times over the years, and will likely continue the pattern into the future. The user base just doesn’t exist to justify annual updates and it’s never been nearly as robust as the PC versions. It’s still the best choice for a full fledged Mac based accounting system.

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        Cathleen

        Organization Name: Plumbing & Contracting

        Thanks for your comprehensive review. I am on the fence with QB Mac and leaning toward just getting QBD Pro. The reviews have just been awful for the Mac support in the QB community.
        However, my concern is that if I set up the Mac system, they may phase out the Mac platform altogether–only offering QB Online for Mac users. (That’s not an option for me.)
        My question to you: What do you know of the support for QB Mac? Will it be phased out in 2019?

        • Organization Name: Plumbing & Contracting

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        Chelsea Krause

        Hi Cathleen,

        Thanks for reaching out! Unfortunately, QuickBooks Mac is already in the process of being phased out. The final version of the software was released in 2016, and by May 2019 the software will no longer be supported at all. I recommend taking a look at our Best Accounting Software for Macs post to find a QuickBooks Mac alternative.

        Let me know if I can be of any more assistance.

        Best wishes,

        -Chelsea Krause

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