QuickBooks® Online New Features and Improvements – December 2016

by Adeline Bertrix

3 min read

December has seen a number of big changes for QuickBooks® Online (QBO), including a number of new features and functions to help users get paid faster, work more closely with accounting professionals, and use QuickBooks more efficiently. Here is a rundown of the most recent improvements.

QBO Smart Invoice

Cash is the lifeblood of small businesses If we can help you save money, or even better, help you receive the money you’re owed faster, you have a better chance at succeeding. We recently announced three innovations to help you get paid fast and save as much of the money you’ve earned as quickly as possible:

  1. An integration with Apple Pay that enables merchants to get paid quickly and easily on outstanding invoices via the newly launched Apple Pay on the Web;
  2. An integration with American Express Working Capital Terms, which provides short-term loans directly within QuickBooks Online; and
  3. Mileage Tracker, which finds users $7,000 in tax deductions by auto-categorizing trips as personal or business.

Now, with SmartInvoice, you will be notified immediately about the status of your invoices every step of the way. You’ll know when invoices have been sent, viewed, and most importantly, paid. Spend less time chasing invoices, or wondering if your customers received or read their invoice, and more time running your business and working with customers or spending time with family. Previously this was only available on the QBO Mobile App, but now it’s available in QBO as well.  Smart Invoice for the Web helps you get paid faster. Plus, we have eliminated the 50 cents-per-transaction ACH fee, so you can now have your invoices paid with free ACH bank transfers.

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New Faster Invoicing Setup Helps You Get Paid Faster

There is a new simplified setup experience for new customers when you start using QBO that will help you cruise through the process and get paid more quickly. The new experience has fewer setup screens, so you can start using QuickBooks and create an invoice in just a few clicks! And, if you select that invoicing is important, QuickBooks will put you directly into the new invoicing setup flow where you can customize an invoice for your business, select how you want to accept payments and send your first invoice just a few minutes!

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Looking for a QuickBooks Accountant? Try Find-a-ProAdvisor.com

Multiple studies show that small businesses that work with an accounting professional are more successful than those that try to go it alone. At Intuit®, we’ve known that for years, and have successfully brought hundreds of thousands of small businesses and accountants together over the last three decades. Seamless data integration between QuickBooks and our accounting products such as QuickBooks Online Accountant and Intuit ProConnect™ Tax Online make it easy to view and share data accurately and securely, but how do you go about finding a great accountant in the first place?

Well, we’ve improved the Find-a-ProAdvisor website, a resource designed to help you find qualified local accountants to work with you on QuickBooks and help advise you on your business strategy and key decisions. Improvements include a more prominent “Advanced ProAdvisor” designations and certifications that more clearly demonstrate product expertise to the 700,000+ small businesses that search the directory each year.

A New Streamlined, More Consistent Look Across QuickBooks Products

QuickBooks Online also received a makeover, and we’re thrilled to share that through input from customers and real world testing with users, it’s proven helpful in making it easier to find and use the features and functionality you use most in QBO, QuickBooks Self-Employed, Payroll, Payments and other products. Click here to see more about the changes.

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We continually update QBO based on customer feedback and suggestions in an effort to make it better, faster and fuel your success. To review our previous November changes, click here. Visit the QuickBooks Online blog often for continuous updates, thought-leader articles designed to help you improve your business and much more.

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