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Essentials
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Advanced
+ Payroll Core
Fast unlimited payroll runs
Automated federal and state tax payments and forms
Run payroll automatically after initial setup with Auto Payroll
Access to health benefits for your team
+ Payroll Premium
Everything in QuickBooks Payroll Core plus
Local tax forms
Track time on the go, powered by QuickBooks Time
Access to an HR support center, powered by Mineral
Expert will review your payroll setup so you know it’s done right
Pay employees by check or same-day direct deposit
+ Payroll Elite
Everything in QuickBooks Payroll Core and Premium plus:
Track time and projects on the go, powered by QuickBooks Time
Consult with certified HR advisors by phone or online, powered by Mineral
Have an expert complete your payroll setup with expert review and setup
Get peace of mind with our Tax Penalty Protection
Multi-state filing included
24/7 expert product support
Share access with multiple users
1 user
Up to 3
full-access users
Up to 5
full-access users
Up to 25 full-access and custom users

Collaborate with your team and accountant. Files sync automatically to allow simultaneous use without version-control issues.

Built-in business reports
40+
70+
90+
90+

From basic profit and loss to in-depth budget estimates, each product offers reporting options you can use to make smart business decisions.

Share access with accountants
Up to 2
Up to 2
Up to 2
Up to 3

Make bookkeeping easier and tax time less stressful when you share your QuickBooks with your accounting professional.

Track income and expenses

Get a clear, up-to-date view of your sales, expenses, and profit. This makes it easier to monitor your day-to-day business and plan for the future.

Invoice and accept payments

Create, send, and track all your invoices in one place, so you know exactly which invoices have been paid, are pending or are overdue.

Create and send estimates

Customize estimates to fit your brand and business needs. Accept mobile signatures and instantly see estimate status. Convert estimates into invoices with ease.

Capture and organize receipts

Use your smartphone to quickly and easily snap photos of your receipts and upload them directly to QuickBooks. We’ll even categorize them automatically.

Maximize tax deductions

Help avoid tax-time surprises. Share your books with your accountant and easily organize income and expenses into tax categories.

Download transactions for your accounts

Connect your bank and credit card accounts to QuickBooks to automatically download, categorize, and reconcile transactions. Sync with QuickBooks Payments, Square, and PayPal as well.

Access data from any device

Take care of business from your iPhone, iPad or Android. Send estimates, invoices, and sales receipts while you’re out. Receive payments, snap photos to capture receipts, run payroll, reconcile accounts, and much more.

Track mileage using your smartphone

Miles are a powerful deduction for minimizing tax burden. Use the GPS on your smartphone to track miles you drive for work and save more on your tax bill.

Integrate with 3rd-party apps

Sync data from popular apps like PayPal, Square, and others into QuickBooks.

Track sales and sales tax

Accept credit cards anywhere with our mobile card reader or sync with popular apps. Connect to the e-commerce tools you love including Shopify. Automatically calculate taxes on your invoices.

Print checks and record transactions

You can print checks straight from QuickBooks. Step-by-step guides ensure your checks will look professional and picture perfect.

Prepare and print 1099s for contractors

You can create and either print or e-file 1099s right from QuickBooks.

Import data from Excel or QuickBooks Desktop

If your customer and supplier details are already saved on your computer, there's no need to type them into QuickBooks Online by hand.

Set up automated, recurring transactions

Handle expenses, invoices, or other events that happen regularly automatically in QuickBooks.

Manage and pay bills from vendors

Keep a record of each vendor bill you pay. You can also schedule recurring payments.

Track billable hours by customer

Keep track of how much time your staff spends working on individual projects, so you can add this information to invoices when you bill your customers.

Handle multiple currencies

Doing business and taking orders in other countries is a snap with QuickBooks.You can assign currencies to vendors and inventory so it’s easier to track.

Enter bills and schedule payments for later

Keep track of your outgoing payments. You can see exactly what you owe, who you owe it to, and when payment is due.

Set user access levels

Manage user roles and limit their access to specific tasks. You can also choose what users can see or do within different areas of QuickBooks like customers and sales or vendors and purchases.

Track project profitability

Get a bird's eye view of all your projects with a clear dashboard and reports. Easily track labor costs, payroll, and expenses with job costing.

Track inventory

When you buy and sell products, your inventory quantities are automatically updated, making it easy to see what's selling and what to reorder. Inventory values are automatically adjusted in your balance sheet as you go about your day.

Create and send purchase orders

Keep track of what you've ordered from each vendor. Organize contact information for multiple vendors in one place to make reordering easier.

Create budgets for income and expenses

We make it easy to put together a budget by location, class, or customer.

Categorize income and expenses using class tracking

Assign classes for your income and expenses by department, business office or location, separate properties you own, or any other meaningful categorization.

Track sales and profitability by location

Turn on location tracking to see your sales information and profits by location.

Custom report builder [new]

Uncover the insights that matter most to your clients. Capture data from fields across your clients QuickBooks account then group and summarize complex KPIs into exportable custom reports.

Automate workflows

Save time and mitigate risk with automated workflows. Configure reminders and triggers based on your own rules. Automate reminders for improved cash flows and more.

Enhanced custom fields

Increase efficiency by quickly searching, sorting, and filtering information your way. Add the customer and transaction details that you want to track. Make use of multiple field types to help meet your regulatory needs.

Batch invoices, checks, expenses, bills

Save time by uploading a CSV file to import multiple invoices at once, rather than entering each one individually.

Customize access by roles

Easily control who can and can’t see your sensitive data. Assign work to particular users and increase your team’s productivity. Create custom permissions for deposits, sales transactions, expense reports, and more.

Backup and Restore

Continuously and automatically back up your changes and restore a specific version of your company based on a chosen date and time. View a log of version histories with a count of all changes made.

Task manager

Help your clients maximize their efficiency by creating and delegating tasks. Plus, set up recurring tasks so that key deadlines are never missed.

Custom chart builder

Custom chart builder enables you to track business KPIs that you care about the most, anywhere, anytime.

Cash flow dashboard

Quickly view cash flow trends with auto-populated trend lines or customize reporting time periods using built-in filters. Drill down into cash flow categories and identify changes with a few clicks. Easily benchmark and compare cash flow from different time periods.

Revenue streams dashboard

Keep track of key revenues, all in one place. Identify what’s working and what’s not, and configure your dashboard according to details that matter.

Google Sheets integration

Export your QuickBooks reports to Google Sheets so you can easily share, collaborate, and analyze with colleagues.

Smart reporting powered by Fathom

Transform QuickBooks data into presentation-ready charts, graphs, and reports. Use advanced analytics to track business performance.

Customize with premium apps

Integrate with best-in-class apps for tailored end-to-end solutions on one platform. Track data unique to your clients' industry with Premium Apps like Bill.com, Salesforce, Hubspot, DocuSign, and more.

Priority Circle membership which includes:
  • Dedicated customer care team
  • 24/7 premium support
  • Access to self-paced, online QuickBooks training


With a Priority Circle membership, your clients receive a dedicated customer care team available 24/7 to help resolve product issues so you can spend more time focused on their business. They also receive access to self-paced online training to ensure their whole team has the confidence to use QuickBooks Online Advanced.

Core
Premium
Elite
Fast unlimited payroll runs

QuickBooks Online Payroll lets you view and approve employee hours and run payroll in less than 5 minutes.1

Auto Payroll

Run Auto Payroll for some or all of your eligible employees. Review and approve payroll before paychecks are sent.**

Automated tax payments and filing
Federal, state, year-end filings
Federal, state, local, year-end filings
Federal, state, local, year-end filings

Federal and state payroll taxes—including year-end filings—are calculated, filed, and paid, automatically**; with the option to turn on or off.

Calculate paychecks & taxes

Get automatic tax calculations on every paycheck. We’ll monitor and update federal and state taxes so you don’t have to.**

Self-service employee portal (Workforce)

Employees can access pay stubs and W-2s, and safely view PTO balances and withholding allowances online.**

Available in all 50 states

Whether your business is a corner shop in a small town or spread throughout the country, we’ve got you covered.

Manage garnishments and deductions

Set up and calculate garnishments and deductions from each paycheck.**

Payroll Reports

Create and download reports for payroll history, bank transactions, contractor payments, paid time off, tax payments, and more.

1099 E-File & Pay

Easily e-file with the IRS. Create and e-file unlimited 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC forms. We’ll automatically send copies to your contractors.**

Health benefits (SimplyInsured)

Compare plans for affordable coverage, powered by SimplyInsured. Get instant quotes that fit your needs and budget. Save time with a quick 3-step application and manage your benefits all in one place.**

State new-hire reporting

Automatically file state new hire paperwork to stay compliant.

Multi-state filing (single state filing included)**
$12 fee add on per additional state
$12 fee add on per additional state
Unlimited states included

For Core and Premium, the service includes 1 state filing, additional states are $12 per state. There is no additional charge for multi-state tax filings in Elite.

Workers’ comp administration (AP Intego)
$5 administration fee add on/mo
Administration fee included
Administration fee included

Get quotes inside QuickBooks—our broker AP Intego will compare plans and pricing for you. If you already have a policy, AP Intego will connect it to QuickBooks. Pay as you go and stop paying one lump sum. Premiums are automatically calculated so you don’t miss payments and reduce audit expenses.**

Product support
Expert product support
Expert product support
24/7 expert product support**

Prioritized help when you need it. US-based payroll support experts available via phone or chat. Get step-by-step help, troubleshooting assistance, tips, and resources. Call back support means you’ll get answers on your time—no waiting on hold.**

Direct deposit
Next-day**
Same-day**
Same-day**

Pay employees faster, easier, and without the hassle. Depending on your plan, you’ll get direct deposits for either the next day or same day. It’s your choice.

HR support (Mineral)
 
HR support center**
HR support center + Personal HR advisor**

Powered by Mineral, you’ll receive professional guidance on HR issues. With Elite, you’ll get additional levels of compliance with state and federal laws.

401(k) plans (Guideline)**

An affordable way to save for the future. Quick setup means employees can start saving for retirement right away. Attract top talent and match contributions so employees can grow with you. Guideline experts handle 401(k) administration, compliance, and recordkeeping, at no extra cost.

Time tracking (QuickBooks Time**)
 
QuickBooks Time Premium
QuickBooks Time Elite

Workers can clock in or out anywhere, on any device. GPS tracking makes it easy to see who’s working where, at a glance. Review, edit, and approve employee hours right inside QuickBooks. Elite lets you track project hours and geofencing alerts.

Onboarding
Self-serve setup**
Self-serve setup + Expert review**
Self-serve + Expert review OR Expert setup**

Whether you do your own setup, get some help, or have it done for you, QuickBooks makes payroll setup easier, giving you the confidence to know it’s done right.

Filing Guarantees
Existing error-free filing guarantee
Existing error-free filing guarantee
Existing error-free filing guarantee + Tax penalty protection

No matter which level of payroll service you choose, you’ll have a level of protection should you receive an IRS penalty.

†Guarantees

Error-free filings guarantee (Core and Premium): We assume responsibility for federal and state payroll filings and payments directly from your account(s) based on the data you supply. As long as the information you provide us is correct and on time, and you have sufficient funds in your account, we’ll file your tax forms and payments accurately and on time or we’ll pay the resulting payroll tax penalties. Guarantee terms and conditions are subject to change at any time without notice.

Tax penalty protection: Only QuickBooks Online Payroll Elite users are eligible to receive tax penalty protection. If you receive a tax notice and send it to us within 15-days of the tax notice we will cover the payroll tax penalty, up to $25,000. Additional conditions and restrictions apply.

**Features

Auto Payroll: Available if setup for the company is complete; at least one employee has complete setup, consistent payroll that qualifies for automation (i.e. salaried or hourly with default) , and a valid payment method (also the company needs to be setup for direct deposit if an employee has selected direct deposit as the payment method); all employees are on one pay schedule; the account does not have a hold; and and first payroll has been run successfully.

Automated tax and filings: Automated tax payments and filing available for state and federal taxes. Enrollment in e-services is required for tax payments and filings only. Automated tax payments and filings for local taxes available in QuickBooks Online Payroll Premium and Elite only.

Calculate paychecks: QuickBooks Workforce available to employees. Requires an Intuit Account and acceptance of the Intuit Terms of Service and Privacy Statement.

QuickBooks Workforce: Available to employees. Requires an Intuit Account and acceptance of the Intuit Terms of Service and Privacy Statement.

Garnishments and deductions: Available for employees. User is responsible for making the garnishment payment to the appropriate entity.

Automated 1099 e-file & delivery: Prepare your 1099s in QuickBooks at no extra charge. If you choose the 1099 E-File Service, Intuit will e-file your Federal 1099 information with the IRS, and then print and mail a copy directly to your contractors; fees apply. As part of the paid 1099 E-File Service, we also give your contractors online access to their 1099s. State filing not included. You should check with your state agency on any state filing requirements.

Health benefits: Powered by SimplyInsured and requires acceptance of SimplyInsured’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Additional fees will apply. SimplyInsured does not offer insurance in HI, VT, and DC. Insurance coverage eligibility is not guaranteed, and depends solely on the rules of the insurance carrier. The insurance carrier has sole and final discretion as to the eligibility for health insurance products.

Workers' compensation: Benefits are powered by AP Intego and require acceptance of AP Intego’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Additional fees will apply. There is a monthly fee (currently, $5 per month) for QuickBooks Online Payroll Core users for the QuickBooks Workers' Comp Payment Service. This non-refundable fee will be automatically added to each monthly Intuit invoice at the then-current price until you cancel. The fee is separate from any workers’ comp insurance policy premium by AP Intego Insurance Group. Workers’ Compensation Service requires an active and paid QuickBooks payroll subscription. Eligibility criteria applies to transfer active insurance policy broker of record, including insurance carrier, policy renewal date, and payment method. Workers compensation insurance is not available in OH, ND, WA and WY.

Product support: Included with your paid subscription to QuickBooks Online Payroll. Chat support available 24/7. U.S. based phone support is available Monday through Friday 6 AM to 6 PM PT and Saturday 6 AM to 3 PM PT. Your subscription must be current. Get more information on how to contact support. Intuit reserves the right to limit the length of the call. Terms conditions, features, pricing, service and support are subject to change without notice.

24/7 expert product support: 24/7 customer support is included with your paid subscription to QuickBooks Online Payroll. Chat support available 24/7. U.S. based phone support is available Monday through Friday 6 AM to 6 PM PT and Saturday 6 AM to 3 PM PST. Your subscription must be current. Intuit reserves the right to limit the length of the call. Terms conditions, features, pricing, service and support are subject to change without notice.

Next day direct deposit: Available to only QuickBooks Online Payroll Core users. Payroll processed before 5 PM PT the day before shall arrive the next business day (excluding weekends and holidays). Requires setup of direct deposit and bank verification. Next-Day direct deposit may be subject to eligibility criteria. Deposit delays may occur because of third party delays, risk reviews, or issues beyond Intuit’s control. Next-Day Deposit available for contractors and employees. Direct deposit for contractors is $4 per month. Each employee is $4 per month with no additional fees for direct deposit.

Same day direct deposit: Available to QuickBooks Online Payroll Premium and Elite users. Payroll processed before 7AM PST shall arrive the same business day (excluding weekends and holidays). Requires setup of direct deposit and bank verification. Same-Day direct deposit may be subject to eligibility criteria. Deposit delays may vary because of third party delays, risk reviews, or issues beyond Intuit’s control. Same-Day Deposit available only for employees.

HR support: HR support is provided by experts at Mineral, Inc. Requires acceptance of Mineral’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. HR Support Center available only to QuickBooks Online Premium and Elite subscriptions. HR Advisor support only available in QuickBooks Online Payroll Elite. HR support is not available to accountants who are calling on behalf of their clients.

Guideline 401(k): 401(k) offerings are provided and administered by Guideline, an independent third party and not provided by Intuit. Intuit is not a 401(k) plan administrator, fiduciary or other provider. Requires acceptance of Guideline's Client Relationship Summary and Privacy Policy. Additional 401(k) plan fees will apply. Employees may manage their contributions directly with Guideline. Admin and payroll access required to sign up for a 401(k) plan with Guideline.

QuickBooks Time: The QuickBooks Time mobile app works with iPhone, iPad, and Android phones and tablets. Devices sold separately; data plan required. Data access is subject to cellular/internet provider network availability. GPS tracking requires cell service and that users set their location settings to “Always” in order to click-in and track time using the mobile app. Not all features are available on the mobile apps and mobile browser. QuickBooks Time mobile access is included with your QuickBooks Online Payroll Premium and Elite subscription at no additional cost.

Expert review: Available upon request for QuickBooks Online Payroll Premium and Elite.

Expert setup: Available to QuickBooks Online Payroll Elite users only. A QuickBooks payroll expert will complete your setup, once you provide necessary information. Your payroll setup will be automatically reviewed to make sure everything is correct before Tax Penalty Protection is enabled.

#Claims

1. 5 minutes payroll claim: Run payroll in less than 5 minutes with QuickBooks payroll: Median time for QuickBooks payroll customers to view and approve payroll is less than 5 minutes. Based on an Intuit survey of 505 QuickBooks Payroll customers in December 2018 who stated average time savings compared with their prior solution.