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keeping 2021 quickbooks premier retail and using another payroll service

i want to keep my 2021 QB premier retail edition and not switch to subscription. i understand that my assisted payroll subscription will no longer be available. What other payroll software will work with my 2021 QB premiere retail, as far as importing payroll data to my QB.

I know very little about how payroll works, that is why i use the Assisted Payroll which does everything once i input everyone's salary and bonuses.  We only have 5 non revolving employees, all on salary, including 1 owner and 4 officers, so no workman's comp and direct deposits for everyone.

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QuickBooks Team

keeping 2021 quickbooks premier retail and using another payroll service

Welcome to the Community space, Charlie.


Before sharing information on how to get through this, we appreciate you providing a glimpse of your current situation inside QuickBooks Desktop (QBDT). We understand you want to keep using the program to manage all sides of your business. Since it'll be obsolete after May 31, 2024, you can check the payroll standalone service in the Online version. It'll allow you to import or export your payroll data to QuickBooks Desktop (QBDT) so you can continue working on payroll-related tasks. Feel free to visit this page:


If you wish to learn more about the process, we recommend contacting our Customer Care Team so they can provide the information you need to accomplish this process. Refer to this page for more details: Contact Payroll Support.


In addition, here are some articles to help you manage payroll data and secure a backup copy of your company file:



Feel free to comment below if you have any additional QuickBooks-related concerns or need further assistance managing your data inside the program. As always, we'll be around to help you out again. Keep safe and have a good one.

Level 11

keeping 2021 quickbooks premier retail and using another payroll service


After May 2024, you can't integrate any add-ons with other QB Products or 3rd party apps.

You can keep using QB Desktop 2021 + a stand alone payroll app. You will register payroll expenses as JE in QB Desktop. You will also need a workaround to import bank transaction or need another option to use the bank feed feature.

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