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How to delete my Quickbooks account

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How to delete my Quickbooks account

Hello and welcome to the Community, @shoepic1984-yaho.



To delete your QuickBooks Account, you'll first need to cancel your QuickBooks Online subscription, to do that, select Settings ⚙ and then Account and Settings > Billing and subscription tab > select Cancel subscription or Cancel online > Continue to Cancel > Select Submit and cancel subscription.


Once done, we'll send the account administrator an email that confirms we've cancelled your subscription.



After cancellation, QuickBooks Online will keep your data for a year and will still allow you read-only access to be able to print forms and reports you might need in the future. 





This next step will completely delete your QuickBooks Account and will no longer have it to sign-in to. This will delete your personal data that also includes all data entered in your QBO company. Before deleting your information in QuickBooks Online (QBO), I'd like you to understand how Intuit uses your data. We have created a privacy microsite to help you understand better what options you have control and the consequences when you choose to delete your personal data. It is important that you read the Intuit Privacy FAQs and Intuit Privacy and Security.


To proceed (delete personal information):

  1. Go to
  2. Have the customer log in with their account information
  3. Select Data & Privacy on the left of the page.
  4. Select Continue on the Delete line.
  5. Select the Make a delete request at the bottom of the page.
  6. Once you have confirmed your email address, choose Continue.
  7. Check the boxes of all products you want your information deleted from, then select the Continue button.
  8. You will be asked to confirm that you want to send the request. If you want to continue with deleting your information, check the box I understand what'll happen after my data is deleted and I want to send this request, and select the Continue button.
  9. For final confirmation, you will need to enter your password, then select the button Delete this data.
  10. You will see a message that you will shortly receive an email. You should select Done.

You will receive an email with information about what will happen next. This can can take a few days and up to 45 days. You will also see an option to cancel the request within 72 hours.



If you have questions, please leave a comment below, and I'd be happy to help. 


Level 1

How to delete my Quickbooks account

I have a question. We are a non profit and trying to delete our account so that we can start over. We have done the "delete account" bit by canceling subscription but I don't understand how we are supposed to be able to start over without seeing all the same information that was in there in the first place. Can you help me please?

QuickBooks Team

How to delete my Quickbooks account

I can help you with deleting your account's information to start over, @gypsyfiddler.


You can only delete all the information from the account if your account is less than 60 days old. If it's already beyond, then you'll need to cancel the current account and create a new one.


If the account is less than 60 days:


  1. Login to your QuickBooks Online (QBO) account.
  2. Delete all the text after the last / and enter purgecompany (Example: from to
  3. Type Yes to confirm the deletion and then Wipe data.


If it's beyond 60 days:


  1. Cancel your current account from the Account and Settings.
  2. Sign up for a new account by going to this link:


Check this article for detailed guidance in deleting your data and or creating a new account: Delete your data and start over in QuickBooks Online.


Here are some video tutorials that can help you with basic tasks in QuickBooks Online: Video tutorials for QuickBooks Online


Let me know if you need more help in deleting your account and or anything else by leaving a reply below. Take care and have a great rest of the day!

Level 1

How to delete my Quickbooks account

So far I’ve deleted, well canceled my account. At this point it’s still good/active until 6/7 because that’s when it’s paid through.


my questions are:

can I start a new account/buy a new subscription now? I really want to get going on my bookkeeping and not have to wait.


will all that old data really be gone so that I can start fresh? The QB pages seem to indicate that I can use all my same login info if I want, but at the same time, this particular data will be active til 6/7 *and* they say they save my data for a year. I don’t want any of this old database. I am using this same company/non profit, but given what I saw in that database when I could finally access an older version of it (there were several, they are not combined I guess) we need to start fresh, completely fresh!


thanks for the help!

Level 1

How to delete my Quickbooks account

I forgot, I have another question. What if *we* are the customer? I don’t want to delete my own Intuit account? Plus we are simply starting fresh with the same company, and we’ve moved from the disc version to the online version (already converted) though prior to us (two of us are actually working on this) someone was working online, someone was working with the desktop version, and the two versions weren’t connected. 

bottom line, our customer aka ourselves, is going to be the same, we just desperately need a fresh start!

QuickBooks Team

How to delete my Quickbooks account

Hi gypsyfiddler!

Thanks for the reply. Let me share additional details about creating a new file.


The permanent deletion of your old QuickBooks Online account will be automatic a year after the subscription cancellation. That means, we're unable to manually delete the data.


You can still start from scratch even though the other account is still active. You can create a new QuickBooks Online account using the same login credentials. From the Plans & Pricing page, choose a plan you want to subscribe to. Then, sign in with the user ID and password you already use for QuickBooks. Check this article for more details: Create or add another company file to QuickBooks Online.


Also, you don't need to delete your personal Intuit account. The purpose of Intuit account is for you to easily manage your personal settings like user ID and password to all your Intuit products. Once you create a new QuickBooks Online company file, it'll automatically sync into your Intuit account if you'll be using the same login credentials or email.


You may also visit our account management page for more references about your Intuit Account: QBO Account Management.


Leave a comment again here if you have other questions. Take care always!

Level 1

How to delete my Quickbooks account

I've recently deleted my subscription but it seems this doesn't delete your account only the subscription. Surely us as consumers have a right to request our accounts and data to be deleted permanently if that's what we choose to do. I received an email telling me that I can simply resubscribe any time and use the my existing data. I don't want to do this, I need the whole account gone so I can start fresh. Why is this so difficult? 😥 


How to delete my Quickbooks account

I appreciate your input from every angle, Momok.


Once your QuickBooks Online (QBO) account is cancelled, your data will be available in read-only access for 1 year and be deleted in the system from the cancellation date. However, you have the option to submit a request for data deletion. You can do so by contacting our Customer Care Team. They have the specific tools to pull up your account in a secure environment and help you in deleting your data. 


To reach them, click the ? Help button at the top-right corner and select Contact Us to talk with a live agent. Ensure to review their support hours to know when agents are available.


For more information about requesting data deletion, see this article: How can I request to download or delete my data.


I've also added this link here to guide you along the way: What happens to my QuickBooks Online data after I cancel?.


In case you want to resubscribe in the future, here's a link that you can check: How to resubscribe or reactivate QuickBooks Online.


If there's anything else you need help with, please let me know by commenting below. I'm always here to answer any questions you may have. Take care.

Level 2

How to delete my Quickbooks account

Complete BS and idiocy. I cancelled an account in 2019. I've been doing YOUR PROCESS for WEEKS and cannot get my G.D. account DELETED. YOU HAVE MY CREDIT CARD INFO LOCKED ON THE ACCOUNT!!! MORONS!!! 

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