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Troubleshoot Accountant File Transfer service issues

Troubleshoot common errors and issues you may encounter when using Accountant File Transfer Service (or ACFT), a feature that allows accountants to send and receive QuickBooks Desktop Accountant's Copy files through the Intuit's secure servers.

Reminder: Some troubleshooting steps described in this article require you to remove the Accountant's Copy Restriction. Removing this restriction is IRREVERSIBLE and will make the current Accountant's Copy impossible to be imported to the client's file.
Make sure to consult your accountant and create a backup copy of your file before following the steps below.

It is recommended to install the latest update of QuickBooks Desktop to ensure you have all the critical updates needed by the program. For scenarios and errors with multiple solutions, perform the recommendations in the order shown.


Accountant's Copy error: Subscription is not recognized/ You must subscribe to accountant's copy file transfer service...

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This error happens if you attempt to use ACFT without a valid subscription or you are subscribed to Accountant's Copy File Transfer service but your QuickBooks Desktop is not in-sync with the Intuit servers.

If you don't have this subscription, you can either get this for free by becoming a ProAdvisor (US or Canada).

 

Important:

  • Ensure that you have the latest updates.
  • Always run your QuickBooks as the Administrator when following the steps outlined in this section (right-click the QuickBooks icon on your desktop and select Run as Administrator).

Solution 1: Sync License Data Online

  1. Make sure that you are connected to the internet.
  2. Sync your license data online.
    1. From the Help menu, go to Manage My License.
    2. Select Sync License Data Online.

Solution 2: Send an Accountant's Copy using a different file

Identify if the issue is only happening in one company file. If the error is isolated with one file, the issue may be related to data damage.

Solution 3: Rename the Entitlementdatastore.ecml file

Note: This solution will require you to re-register all versions of QuickBooks Desktop on your computer.

  1. Close QuickBooks Desktop.
  2. Re-create damaged EntitlementDataStore.ecml
  3. Open QuickBooks Desktop. You should be prompted to re-register the program.
  4. Sync your license data online.
    1. From the Help menu, go to Manage My License.
    2. Select Sync License Data Online.

Solution 4: Boot into Safe Mode

Try booting your computer to safe mode to verify if a third party application prevents your QuickBooks Desktop from syncing its license data to the Intuit servers. If you can sync the license data online, open and convert an Accountant's Copy in Safe Mode, that indicates that a third party program is causing the issue.

You can also create a new Windows Administrator user to identify if your current user lacks permission or already damaged.

To create a new Windows Administrator user:

Windows 10

  1. Go to Start and choose Settings.
  2. Select Accounts > Family & other users.
  3. Under Other Users, select Add someone else to this PC.
  4. Select I don't have this person's sign-in information and Add a user without a Microsoft account.
  5. Enter the name of the new account and select Finish.
    Recommended: Assign a password to the new account to ensure security.
  6. Select the newly created account and select Account Type.
  7. Choose Administrator and OK.

Windows 8.1, 8, and 7

Windows 8 and 7

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows+R to open the Run window.
  2. Type in Control Panel and select OK.
  3. Choose User Accounts > Manage another account.
  4. Select Create a new account and type in the name of the new account.
  5. Select Administrator and Create Account.

Windows 8.1

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows+R to open the Run window.
  2. Type in Control Panel and select OK.
  3. Under User Accounts, select Manage another account.
  4. Select Other accounts and choose Add an account.
  5. Select Sign in without a Microsoft account (not recommended) and choose Local account.
  6. Enter the username, password and password hint and select Next.
  7. The screen will return to the Manage Other Accounts screen. Select the newly created account and Edit.
  8. By default, the new user is set to standard user. Under the drop down menu, select Administrator.
  9. Select OK.

Windows Servers

Windows Server 2012

Note: Servers are usually maintained by licensed computer technician. Consult your IT professional before following the steps in this section.

  1. Open Server Manager.
  2. Open Tools and select Computer Management.
  3. Expand Local Users and groups and select Groups.
  4. Double-click the Administrator groups to open the Administrators Properties window.
  5. Select Add.
  6. In the Select Users, Computers, Service Accounts or Groups window, enter the account you want to add to the local admin groups and select OK.

Windows Small Business Server 2011 and 2008/R2

  1. Run the Windows SBS (2011/2008) Console.
  2. Select Users and Groups and go to the Users tab.
  3. From the Tasks pane, select Add a new user account to run the Add a New User Account wizard.
  4. Enter the details and select the role for the new user.
  5. Enter a password for the new user.
    Note: You will not be able to continue without adding a password. The password must meet the complexity requirements.
  6. Select Add user.
  7. Follow the rest of the instructions and select Finish.

 

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Accountant's Copy file uploaded successfully but the accountant did not receive the email confirmation

After sending your Accountant's copy file using Intuit's Accountant Copy File Transfer Service, the successful upload confirmation e-mail is never received by the accountant. This issue usually happens because of one or more of the following:

  • The file is too large
  • Slow internet connection
    Note: Intuit's Accountant Copy File Transfer server stops responding after 15 minutes. Uploading a 100 MB file using a high-speed internet connection should complete successfully however, uploading a file using a slow internet connection can fail even if it is a small file.
  • Internet explorer is not set as the default browser
  • Security settings was set too high
  • The email went straight to the spam/junk email folder
  • The accountant's email security settings is blocking the confirmation email

Important:

  • You can try using a different email address for the accountant. If the accountant received the email using a different email address, this confirms that the email server of the previous email is blocking the confirmation email from ACFT.
  • Check the spam folder. Some email programs and services are filtering emails from Intuit. Check with your provider on how you can add AccountantsCopy_notify@intuit.com as a trusted sender.
  • If the client received the email, forward the email to the accountant.
  • Don't forget to provide your accountant with the file transfer password.
  • You can always send your Accountant's Copy using a different media like CD, thumb drive and email attachments.

Solution 1: Resend the file

  1. Remove the Accountant's Copy Restriction.
    1. From the File menu, select Send Company File > Accountant's Copy > Client Activities > Remove Restrictions.
    2. Select Yes, I want to remove the Accountant's Copy restrictions and OK.
  2. Re-send the Accountant's Copy using ACFT
    1. From the File menu, select Send Company File > Accountant's Copy > Client Activities.
    2. Select Send to Accountant.

Solution 2: Set Internet Explorer as your default browser

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. From the Tool menu, choose Internet Options.
    Note: If you can't see the Tools menu, press the Alt key once.
  3. On the Program tab, select Make Default.
  4. Select Apply and OK.

Solution 3: Check the security settings for Outlook Express

  1. Open your Outlook Express.
  2. From the Tools menu, choose Options and go to the Security tab.
  3. Uncheck Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus?.
  4. Select Apply and OK.

 

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Application Not Found, QuickBase Error or expired download link

Files uploaded through the Intuit Servers are only available for two weeks. If all ACFT e-mail is already expired, your client needs to remove the Accountant’s Copy Restriction and recreate the Accountant’s Copy again. You may also encounter messages like "The application does not exist or was deleted. If you followed a link to get here, you may want to inform the author of that link that the application no longer exists." and "Cannot download file v0 from www.quickbase.com. Please try again later." when experiencing this kind of issue.

The expiration of the download link fom ACFT does not mean that you have to work on the Accountant's Copy file within the 2-week time frame. You can download the Accountant's Copy file, save it on your computer and work on it in your most convenient time.

 

Important: Removing the Accountant’s Copy restriction is IRREVERSIBLE. Create a backup copy of your file and consult your accountant before removing the Accountant’s Copy Restriction.

Before re-sending the Accountant's Copy file, test the link if it is really expired.

  1. Right-click the file name and select Copy Hyperlink.
  2. Paste to your browser's address bar and press Enter.
  3. If the file downloaded successfully, open the Accountant's Copy from the saved location. If you are getting the same error, you have to re-send the Accountant's Copy file.

To re-send the Accountant's Copy file

  1. Remove the Accountant's Copy restriction
    1. From the File menu, go to Send Company File > Accountant's Copy > Client Activities.
    2. Select Remove Restriction.
  2. Re-create the Accountant's Copy file and re-send it through ACFT
    1. From the File menu, select Send Company > Accountant's Copy > Client Activities.
    2. Send Send to Accountant.

 

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Error "Page can not be displayed" when downloading Accountant's Copy

If your Internet Explorer is not configured to access the QuickBase servers, you will get one or more of the following errors/unexpected results when downloading Accountants Copy from the Accountant File Transfer service.

  • Blank Page
  • Page Can Not Be Displayed
  • Page Error
  • "To help protect your security, Internet Explorer blocked this site from downloading files to your computer. Click here for options..."

 

Important: Clicking the download link from accountantscopy@intuit.com should prompt you to Open or Save the Accountant's Copy file. It is highly recommended to save the file into your hard drive before opening the Accountant's Copy file in QuickBooks Desktop.

 

Perform these solutions to fix this error:

Solution 1: Add the Intuit's URL as a trusted site

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. From the Tools menu, choose Internet Options
    Note: Press the Alt key once if you can't see the Tools menu.
  3. Go to the Security tab, select Trusted Sites and Sites.
  4. Type in "https://www.intuitcorp.quickbase.com" and select Add.
    Quick tip: Add "https://mail.google.com" as a trusted site if your email provider is Google.
  5. Select Close.

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  6. Select Apply and OK.

Solution 2: Reset the Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. From the Tools menu, choose Internet Options
    Note: Press the Alt key once if you can't see the Tools menu.
  3. Go to the Advanced tab.
  4. Under the Reset Internet Explorer Settings section, select Reset.
  5. Close and re-open the Internet Explorer.

Solution 3: Disable saving encrypted pages to Disk

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. From the Tools menu, chooseInternet Options
    Note: Press the Alt key once if you can't see the Tools menu.
  3. Go tothe Advanced tab.
  4. Find and uncheck Do not save encrypted pages to disk.

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  5. Select Apply and OK.

 

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Error Portfile: DBUnload has failed

Error Portfile: DBUnload has failed is usually caused by user permissions not being applied correctly to the temporary folder created by Accountant's Copy. To resolve this issue, manually change the user permission of the folder where the company file is saved.

Important:

  • The steps described in this section require you to be logged in as a Windows Administrator.
  • If the company file is saved in a sub folder of a shared mapped folder, assign the permissions on the main/parent folder.
  • When adding permissions, replace XX with the version of QuickBooks you are having issues with (Example: QuickBooks 2016 - QBDataServiceUser26, QuickBooks 2017 - QBDataServiceUser27, QuickBooks 2018 - QBDataServiceUser28).

 

Follow these steps to fix this error:

  1. Right-click the folder where the company file is saved and select Properties.
  2. Go to the Sharing tab and select Share.
    1. Choose everyone from the drop down menu and select Add.
    2. Click to highlight Everyone and toggle the Permission Level to Read/Write.
    3. Select Share and Done.
  3. Select Advanced Sharing
    1. Go to Share and select Permissions.
    2. Highlight Everyone and select Full Control.
    3. Select Add, type in QBDataServiceUSerXX and SelectOK.
    4. Highlight QBDataServiceUSerXX and select Full Control.
    5. Select Apply and OK.
  4. Go to the Security tab.
    1. Select Edit and Add.
    2. Type in Everyone and select OK.
    3. Highlight Everyone and select Full Control.
    4. Select Add, type in QBDataServiceUSerXX and select OK.
    5. Highlight QBDataServiceUSerXX and select Full Control.
    6. Select Apply and OK until the Properties window is closed..

 

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You are asked to enter a file transfer password when downloading from ACFT

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File transfer password is created for added security when using ACFT. It is a password created by the client upon creating an Accountant's Copy for their accountant.

Important

  • There is NO password reset tool for the encrypted password on Accountant's Transfer files.
  • If the accountant can't get the password from the client, they will have to remove the Accountant's Copy Restriction and re-send the Accountant's Copy again.
  • If you received this password prompt from a file that you already converted to accountant’s working file (.qba), the file is probably damaged.
  • The trouble shooting steps described in this article requires you to remove the Accountant’s Copy restriction and resend the Accountant’s Copy again. This is IRREVERSIBLE. Make sure to that you have an agreement with your accountant and you have a backup of your company file before you do this.
  • Ensure that your QuickBooks Desktop have the latest release.

Solution 1: Remove special characters from the file name and file path

  1. Open your windows explorer and browse to the location where the company file is saved.
  2. Check if the file name and file path have any special characters.
  3. Remove the special characters in folder name and file name as necessary.
  4. Re open the Accountant's Copy.

Solution 2: Check for possible data damage

  1. Perform basic data damage troubleshooting on the client's company file (.QBW).
    Note: There are data damage troubleshooting steps that will require you to remove the restriction in order to fix the data damaged. If that is the case, follow steps 2 and 3.
  2. Remove the Accountant's Copy Restriction.
    1. From the File menu, select Send Company File > Accountant's Copy > Client Activities > Remove Restrictions.
    2. Select Yes, I want to remove the Accountant's Copy restrictions and OK.
  3. Re-send the Accountant's Copy using ACFT
    1. From the File menu, select Send Company File > Accountant's Copy > Client Activities.
    2. Select Send to Accountant.

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Send an Accountant's Copy without using ACFT

Accountant File Transfer Service is not the only way to send an Accountant's Copy file. You can use other media like CD, thumb drive, email attachments or third party file sharing apps like Dropbox and Box.net however, file sharing applications condense files to improve upload and download speed which may sometimes damage the file.

To prevent this from happening, use a compression program such as WinZip to protect your file before sending through a file sharing app. If you keep on getting an error even after using a compression program before uploading your file to a file sharing application, your data file may be damaged. If so, follow basic data damage troubleshooting.

 

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