How Much Does QuickBooks Cost?

QuickBooks is one of the best-known names in accounting software. Here's how much each product costs.
Jan 21, 2022

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When it comes to running a business, tracking your revenue and expenses is crucial for your bottom line. Accounting software is designed to help you do just that — but at what cost? This guide explores the products and costs of one of the biggest and best names in small-business accounting: QuickBooks.

If you’re shopping for QuickBooks as an accounting solution, you can choose between desktop and online software systems. Cloud-based options store all of your data online for quick, easy access from anywhere, while desktop software keeps your books and accounts on one machine.

As you can see, pricing varies across the QuickBooks family. While cost is an important consideration, it shouldn't be the only deciding factor when evaluating your accounting software options. Each software version has its pros and cons, so factor in your current needs and workflow before making a final decision.

What does QuickBooks Online cost?

Intuit’s online accounting tools are offered on a monthly subscription basis. First-time users can typically receive a discount for the first few months of service.

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QuickBooks Online is one of Intuit’s most popular versions of accounting software and comes in four different tiers depending on your business needs.

Name

Price

What's included?

Simple Start

$25/month.

Basic accounting tools on a single-user license.

Essentials

$50/month.

All Simple Start features for up to three users, plus bill management and time tracking.

Plus

$80/month.

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

Advanced

$180/month.

All Plus features for up to 25 users, plus Fathom analytics and insights, dedicated account team, online training and more.

QuickBooks Online users can switch plans or cancel at any time without having to pay any termination fees. Intuit also offers mobile apps for accessing QuickBooks Online on the go.

» Read our full QuickBooks Online review

If you’d like to outsource your account management, you can reach out directly to Intuit for a free consultation and customized price quote for its Live Bookkeeping service, starting from $200 per month after the first month’s cleanup fee.

QuickBooks Self-Employed

QuickBooks Self-Employed is a “lite” version of the Online product, designed specifically for self-employed freelancers, contractors and sole proprietors. This tool is ideal for people who earn income from a variety of sources, but does not scale well for business owners who hope to expand their operations down the line.

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Price

Best for:

QuickBooks Self-Employed

$15/month.

Sole proprietors, freelancers, contractors, people with side hustles.

QuickBooks Self-Employed Tax Bundle

$25/month.

Business owners who want to transfer info to TurboTax and pay quarterly estimated taxes directly through QuickBooks, with one state and federal tax filing included each year.

QuickBooks Self-Employed Live Tax Bundle

$35/month.

Business owners who want all the features of the regular Tax-bundled account, plus access to CPA assistance throughout the year as well as a final review before tax filing.

QuickBooks Self-Employed can be accessed on the web or via a mobile app, and simplifies the process of separating personal and business finances with a single swipe left or right.

What does QuickBooks Desktop cost?

The QuickBooks Desktop software family is ideal for business owners who prefer programs that can be directly installed on company computers.

QuickBooks Desktop 2022 moved to a subscription model, meaning that its 2022 Pro and Premier products are only being sold as Pro Plus and Premier Plus subscriptions now. QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise has been subscription-based for several years. Annual subscription prices change based on how many users your business requires.

If you’re unhappy with your QuickBooks Desktop purchase, you can request a refund within 60 days of purchase by calling 888-729-1996 and presenting a dated receipt or purchase confirmation.

QuickBooks Desktop Pro Plus

Small-business owners who prefer to work on software that’s installed on their computers will appreciate the simplicity of the program, which most accountants and bookkeepers should be familiar with. Plans for up to three users are available.

Name

Price

Additional costs?

QuickBooks Desktop Pro Plus

From $349.99/year for one user.

Payments, payroll, e-commerce integration.

QuickBooks Desktop Pro Plus + Payroll

From $849.99/year for one user.

Payments, e-commerce integration.

QuickBooks Desktop Premier Plus

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

In addition, Premier plans include the ability to create sales orders, track costs for products and inventory, set product and service prices by customer type and customize inventory reports. Plans for up to five users are available.

Name

Price

Additional costs?

QuickBooks Desktop Premier Plus

From $549.99/year for one user.

Payroll, Payments, e-commerce integration.

QuickBooks Desktop Premier Plus + Payroll

From $1,049.99/year for one user.

Payments, e-commerce integration.

QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise

QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise is one of Intuit’s most robust business accounting products. While the software system is desktop-based, the cost is based on the plan and number of licensed users needed and includes a host of additional services such as advanced reporting and 24/7 priority access to customer support.

QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise has different plans for its “local only” and “cloud access” offerings. Plans for up to 40 users are available for both sets of plans, and levels of cloud access vary.

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Price

Product highlights

Silver (Local access only)

From $1,275/year for one user, paid annually.

Online backups, priority customer support, advanced reporting, no payroll.

Gold (Local access only)

From $1,655/year for one user, paid annually.

QuickBooks Payroll included.

Platinum (Local access only)

From $2,035/year for one user, paid annually.

All Gold features, plus advanced inventory and pricing.

Diamond (Local access only)

From $4,020/year for one user, paid annually.

All Platinum features, plus Salesforce CRM and QuickBooks Time Elite integrations at additional cost.

Silver (Core cloud access)

$149/month for one user for the first year.

Cloud access, 5 GB of storage space, multi-factor authentication, access to key billing apps.

Gold (Core cloud access)

$192/month for one user.

Payroll, cloud access, 5 GB of storage space, multi-factor authentication, access to key billing apps.

Platinum (Core cloud access)

$223/month for one user.

All Gold (Core cloud access) features, plus advanced inventory and pricing and bill workflow approvals.

Diamond (Core cloud access)

$389/month for one user.

All Platinum (Core cloud access) features plus QuickBooks Time Elite and Assisted Payroll.

Silver (Classic cloud access)

$159.40/month for one user for the first year.

All Silver (Core cloud access) features plus 10 GB of storage space, access to key billing, expense and reporting apps.

Gold (Classic cloud access)

$202/month for one user.

All Gold (Core cloud access) features plus 10 GB of storage space, access to key billing, expense, and reporting apps.

Platinum (Classic cloud access)

$234/month for one user.

All Gold (Classic cloud access) features, plus advanced inventory and pricing and bill workflow approvals.

Diamond (Classic cloud access)

$399/month for one user.

All Platinum (Classic cloud access) features plus QuickBooks Time Elite and Assisted Payroll.

Silver (Deluxe cloud access)

$169.36/month for one user for the first year.

All Silver (Classic cloud access) features plus 50 GB of storage space and access to more than 200 apps.

Gold (Deluxe cloud access)

$212/month for one user.

All Gold (Classic cloud access) features plus 50 GB of storage space and access to over 200 more apps.

Platinum (Deluxe cloud access)

$243/month for one user.

All Gold (Deluxe cloud access) features plus advanced inventory and pricing and bill workflow approvals.

Diamond (Deluxe cloud access)

$409/month for one user.

All Platinum (Deluxe cloud access) features plus QuickBooks Time Elite and Assisted Payroll.

QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise will likely be too robust for the average small business, but can be a great fit for companies anticipating significant growth in the future.

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

As the name suggests, this version of QuickBooks is specifically designed for Apple users. It has unlimited customer support and data recovery, premium subscription features and the ability to customize invoices, sales receipts, estimates, statements, and purchase orders, among other highlights. Finally, QuickBooks for Mac can only support up to three users.

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Price

Additional costs?

QuickBooks Mac Plus

From $349.99/year for one user.

Payroll, payments, point-of-sale.

Business owners shopping for Mac-friendly accounting software may do well to evaluate an online version of QuickBooks for the same functionality at lower cost and greater flexibility.