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What to do if you can't accept client invites in QuickBooks Online Accountant

Learn what to do if a client invites you to become their accountant, but you can't connect.

Clients can invite you to become their accountant. This connects their QuickBooks Online company file to your firm so you can review and make edits to their books.

If you can't accept their invite or connect their company files, don't worry. Here's how to fix invite issues so you can start reviewing your client's books.

Step 1: Check your sign-in info

If you already have a QuickBooks Online Accountant firm, make sure your client sent the invite to the correct email address. It should be the one tied to the user ID you use to sign in.

  1. Open the invite email.
  2. Select the Accept Invitation.
  3. Sign in with your existing user ID and password.

Step 2: Check web browser issues

If you have other QuickBooks companies open in browser windows or tabs, sign out of them. Then accept your client's invite.

If you still can't connect, there may be a web browser issue. Open the invite manually:

  1. Open the invite email.
  2. Right-click the Accept Invitation link and copy the web address.
  3. Open a new private web browser. In Google Chrome, this is called an Incognito Window. For other browsers, it's a Private Window or Private Browser.
  4. Right-click the address bar and paste the copied web address.

This opens the sign-in page manually. Enter the user ID and password you use for your QuickBooks Online Accountant firm.

Step 3: Ask your client to cancel the invite

Client invites expire after 30 days. Don't ask your client to resend the invite. Instead, ask them to follow these steps to delete the original invite:

  1. Sign in to QuickBooks Online as a master admin.
  2. Go to Settings ⚙ and select Manage Users.
  3. Select the Accounting firms tab.
  4. Look for your accountant firm.
  5. In the Action column, select the small arrow ▼ icon and then Delete. If they see any duplicate invites, also delete those.

Now they can send you a new invite.

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