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Changes to Intuit Program Restrictions

Intuit has been a TechSoup partner for over 20 years, generously donating a variety of QuickBooks products to more than 140,000 organizations to handle their accounting needs. Throughout this time, there have been many changes to technology. When the program first launched, we sent you physical discs to access the software. That changed to an online download that allowed you to access the software on your computer. Then, in 2015, we launched the QuickBooks Online product offer, which meant multiple users within a nonprofit could access their accounting software online, simultaneously, for an annual fee.

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This year, we will be launching another update to the Intuit program. This is a desktop product, accessed using a subscription. It reflects an ongoing move towards cloud-based services while retaining the desktop features that are not yet available in QuickBooks Online.

Read on to learn how these changes may affect your organization.

Ending Support for QuickBooks Desktop Products

Starting March 11, 2022, we will be limiting who will be able to request the QuickBooks Premier and QuickBooks for Mac 2021 products. This is to prepare for our launch of QuickBooks Desktop Premier Plus and QuickBooks Mac Plus, both of which will be available in the fall.

We will continue to offer QuickBooks Premier and QuickBooks for Mac 2021 products to organizations that have requested a desktop QuickBooks version from us before. These products will be available until Intuit ends support for the products in 2024. During this time, the QuickBooks Premier and QuickBooks for Mac 2021 products will not update. The 2021 version will be the last desktop, perpetual product being offered. Note that security patches, as well as add-ons like payroll, will no longer be available after the discontinuation date.

In the fall, when QuickBooks Premier Plus and QuickBooks Mac Plus launch, all eligible organizations will be able to request these products. These new offers will have the functionality of the desktop products but will be subscription products, renewed annually like QuickBooks Online.

Looking Ahead

Through our conversations with nonprofits, and with Intuit, we have heard a lot of feedback about why organizations are still choosing QuickBooks Premier and QuickBooks for Mac over the QuickBooks Online products. This information has been valuable, and we are working with the Intuit product teams to help QuickBooks Online add features, like reports, to improve the QuickBooks Online products for your organization to use. While we don't know when these product updates will be available, we are actively working with Intuit to make these updates.

Access to some QuickBooks products will be limited from March 11 onwards, and our new QuickBooks offers will launch in the fall. Find out more about the Intuit donation program and make an informed decision about which tool is right for you. If you have further questions, you can speak to a member of the TechSoup team using the email reachus [at] techsoup [dot] org.

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