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Payroll Subscription



I have an extra physical copy of Quickbooks Desktop Premier Plus 2021 with Payroll Enhanced included. I am currently running Desktop Pro 2020 with Payroll Enhanced. I don't want to install the Premier Plus 2021. Can I use the Payroll Enhanced from the Premium 2021 to extend my Payroll Enhanced on the Desktop Pro 2020? It is expiring soon and I would hate to see it go to waste...

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QuickBooks Team

Payroll Subscription

Let me provide to you a few information about payroll subscription, ADeVille,


To use payroll, you'll have to register it first before you can activate payroll. For now, the option to use your Payroll Enhanced on QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2020 is unavailable. You'll just have to use the Premier Plus 2021 with your payroll. For more information about the process and set up, I've added this article for your guide: Get Started With QuickBooks Desktop Payroll.


Additionally to know more how you can manage your QuickBooks Desktop subscriptions and services, check out the Payroll Service Comparison Table to guide you: QuickBooks Payroll Services and Features For QuickBooks Desktop .


Feel free to let us know if you have any payroll concerns. We're here to make sure everything is taken care of. Stay safe!

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Payroll Subscription

Thanks for the response, MariaSoledadG.


That doesn't exactly answer my question, though. I currently have Payroll Enhanced that is already activated on my Desktop Pro 2020. What I want to know is if I can use the Payroll Enhanced subscription license from the Desktop Premier Plus 2021 with Payroll Enhanced to Renew My Current Payroll Enhanced without installing the Desktop Premier Plus 2021.



QuickBooks Team

Payroll Subscription

Thanks for getting back to us in Community, @ADeVille. I’ll be glad to assist you in sorting this issue out so you’ll be able to use your payroll subscription in QuickBooks Desktop. 


When you purchase a QuickBooks Desktop Payroll subscription, a 16-digit service key is provided to you that is specific to your EIN and payroll service. That said, you’ll enter this key into your QBDT to use the payroll features.


Here’s how: 


  1. Open your QuickBooks Desktop company file. 
  2. Select Employees, then Payroll, and then select Enter Payroll Service Key (or Manage Payroll Service key if you have a different payroll subscription). 
  3. Select Add (or Edit if a payroll service is already listed, then Remove payroll service key in QuickBooks Desktop before the next step). 
  4. Enter your service key
  5. Select Next, and then Finish
  6. When the Payroll Update message appears, select OK
  7. Verify your payroll service status is Active, and then select OK



If you didn’t receive your service key, please check your junk or spam folder, or use our automated Service Key Retrieval tool and sign in using your Intuit Account login.


For detailed steps and information, check out this helpful article: Get started with QuickBooks Desktop Payroll


You can also read through these articles to learn more about managing your payroll subscription in QBDT: 



Get back to me here if you have further questions about payroll. I'd be more than happy to answer it for you. Have a nice day.

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