How Much Does QuickBooks Cost?

QuickBooks is one of the best-known names in accounting software. Here's how much each product costs.
Hillary Crawford
Katherine Fan
By Katherine Fan and  Hillary Crawford 
Edited by Christine Aebischer

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If you’re shopping for QuickBooks as an accounting solution, first decide whether you’d like online, cloud-based software or a desktop product that locally stores your information. QuickBooks pricing varies quite a bit depending on which product you choose, as well as on how many users you need.

While cost is an important consideration, it shouldn't be the only deciding factor when evaluating your accounting software options. Each version has its pros and cons, so factor in ease of use and key features before making a final decision.

QuickBooks Online pricing

QuickBooks Online products are offered on a monthly subscription basis. Click the product name to read its full review.

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The cloud-based product is one of the company’s most popular accounting software choices for small-business owners. First-time QuickBooks Online users can typically receive a free 30-day trial or a discount for the first few months of service.

Users can switch plans or cancel without having to pay termination fees.

Plan name



Simple Start


Basic accounting tools on a single-user license.



All Simple Start features for up to three users, plus bill management and the ability to add employee time to invoices.



All Essentials features for up to five users, plus project tracking and inventory tracking.



All Plus features for up to 25 users, plus a dedicated account team, advanced business analytics, employee expense management, batch invoicing, workflow automation and more.

QuickBooks Self-Employed is a “lite” version of the Online product, designed specifically for self-employed freelancers, contractors and sole proprietors. It’s ideal for people who earn income from a variety of sources and helps to separate personal and business finances.

Plan name





Quarterly tax estimates, mileage tracking and tools for separating personal and business expenses.

Self-Employed Tax Bundle


All Self-Employed features, plus the ability to pay quarterly estimated taxes online through QuickBooks and transfer info to TurboTax.

Self-Employed Live Tax Bundle


All Self-Employed Tax Bundle features, plus access to CPAs.

QuickBooks Desktop pricing

QuickBooks Desktop products are offered on an annual subscription basis. Unlike QuickBooks Online plans, which each come with a set number of users, QuickBooks Desktop plans come with one user license. Business owners must pay extra for each additional license, regardless of plan. Click the product name to read its full review.

Small-business owners who prefer to work on software that’s locally installed on their computers will appreciate the simplicity of QuickBooks Desktop Pro Plus.

Plans for up to three users are available and payroll can be added for an extra $500/year, plus $5/employee each month.

Plan name



Pro Plus

Starts at $549/year for one user.

Basic bookkeeping tools that are locally installed.

This version of QuickBooks Desktop is more robust than Pro Plus, and will suit businesses that need to forecast revenue and expenses for the future. Premier users also have access to industry-specific reports.

Plans for up to five users are available and payroll can be added for an extra $500/year, plus $5/employee each month.

Plan name



Premier Plus

Starts at $799/year for one user.

All Pro Plus features, plus industry-specific reports, forecasting tools, sales orders, customized inventory reports and more.

QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise is one of Intuit’s most robust business accounting products and offers a host of additional services, like access to more than 200 report templates and priority customer support. Plans support up to 40 users and business owners can purchase varying levels of cloud access.

The prices listed below apply to local access plans only; annual pricing rises with more users and cloud access.

Plan name




Starts at $1,410/year for one user.

Available in industry-specific editions; includes inventory management, advanced reporting, job costing, priority customer service and more.


Starts at $1,830/year for one user.

All Silver features, plus payroll.


Starts at $2,250/year for one user.

All Gold features, plus advanced inventory, advanced pricing rules and workflow approvals.


Starts at $4,400/year for one user (only offered as a monthly subscription).

All Platinum features, plus Assisted Payroll to handle federal and state payroll taxes filings for $1/employee each pay period. Users can also add a Salesforce CRM connector for $150/month and QuickBooks Time Elite for $5/employee each month.

As the name suggests, this version of QuickBooks is specifically designed for business owners that operate on Apple computers and want locally installed accounting software.

Plans support up to three users and business owners can add on payroll services for an extra cost.

Plan name



Mac Plus

Starts at $549/year for one user.

Basic bookkeeping tools that are locally installed.