Is QuickBooks desktop being discontinued?

After May 31, 2024, your QuickBooks Desktop 2021 software will be discontinued. This includes all 2021 versions of QuickBooks Desktop Pro, QuickBooks Desktop Premier, QuickBooks Desktop for Mac, and QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions v21.

Can you still use QuickBooks desktop without a subscription?

There will be no additional subscription fees while using the software for your business needs. If you don’t use any add-on services like payroll or bank feeds, you can usually use your non-subscription QuickBooks version for a few years to maximize your return on investment.

Do I have to buy QuickBooks desktop every year?

To view your data after 1 year, you’ll have to renew your subscription. Note: As a QuickBooks Desktop user, you still own your data, regardless of subscription status. You can open and edit company files at any time with a compatible license or active subscription. (Nov 1, 2023)

Should I switch from QuickBooks Desktop to QuickBooks Online?

It’s all about finding the right accounting tools for the job. If your client is using QuickBooks Desktop Pro, Premier, or Mac 2014 and later , QuickBooks Online may be a good option. This lets them do their accounting online, rather than on a dedicated computer.

Is there a better option other than Quickbooks?
According to, Xero is a better choice for businesses that need many users to access accounting data and require low-cost inventory and fixed-asset accounting. 
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