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QuickBooks Desktop Premier vs. QuickBooks Desktop Accountant (2018)

If you are considering purchasing a license of QuickBooks Desktop 2018 and are considering in-between QuickBooks Premier ($369) vs. QuickBooks Accountant ($499); these are the additional features you get for the additional $120* (I have ranked these features by popularity):

  • Batch Enter Transactions: You can add Checks, Credit Card Charges, Deposits, Invoices/Credit Memos, and Bills/Bill Credits from an excel spreadsheet with a quick copy/paste style function.
  • Batch Reclassify Transactions to reclassify the account wrongly categorized transactions in batch, also reclassify classes in batch as well
  • Accountant’s Center & Client Data Review is the  fastest way to write off invoices, fix open balances, fix undeposited funds, fix sales tax, and troubleshoot inventory issues
  • Ability to work with 2 company files simultaneously.
  • Commented Reports add comments to any report “frozen in time”
  • Create Period copy is great for using for limited time period audits
  • Batch Delete Transactions: This feature lets you delete or void transactions in a batch
  • Batch Merge Vendors: allows you to select up to 4 vendors and merge them all at the same time
  • Receive Accountants Copy to make changes to client generated copy and send all changes back to client’s file
  • Toggle to any version of QuickBooks Pro or Premier: to be able to “see what their clients see” (Accountant, Pro, or Premier any of the industry editions: Contractor, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Retail, Professional Services, and Nonprofit)
  • Send Journal Entries to clients in which you have received a backup or portable file
  • Fixed Asset Manager it is a great features to calculate depreciation from Fixed Item List, but it is a little complex to use
  • Statement Writer allows you to create custom, compliant, financial reports

Also comparing price-points is important:

No. of Users QuickBooks Desktop Pro QuickBooks Desktop Premier QuickBooks Desktop Accountant
1  $219.95  $369.95  $499.95
2  $369.95  $569.96  $949.95
3  $519.95  $849.95  $1,399.95
4  N/A  $1,049.95  $1,449.95
5  N/A  $1,269.95  $1,499.95


NOTE: If you want to Compare QuickBooks Desktop Pro with QuickBooks Desktop Premier (or see what additional features are in QuickBooks Desktop Accountant that are not available in Pro, see this article

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Hector Garcia

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