QuickBooks Desktop for Windows 2017 will sunset on May 31, 2020. That means businesses that rely on this version of QuickBooks need to plan now to avoid service problems and to ensure that they have the best accounting solution moving forward.

What’s happening?

Every year, Intuit retires another version of QuickBooks Desktop. In 2020, these four products will be affected by the sunset:

  • QuickBooks Pro 2017
  • QuickBooks Premier 2017
  • QuickBooks Desktop Accountant 2017
  • QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions v. 17

The sunset doesn’t mean that these products will suddenly stop working. But it does mean that you will lose access to security updates and other Intuit services that are integrated with QuickBooks Desktop. Those services include:

  • Payroll services
  • Live technical support
  • Online backup
  • Online banking
  • Credit card and check processing
  • Bill pay
  • Third-party software add-ons

To keep using those and other services, you’ll need to upgrade to QuickBooks 2020 by the end of May. If you don’t use any Intuit services and still want to use your 2017 QuickBooks Desktop solution, you can do so, but there is a risk, especially since Intuit will stop issuing security updates and Intuit won’t support products after the sunset date.

What should you do?

If you rely on any of the affected products, make sure you take action before the sunset date of May 31. One option is to order QuickBooks 2020 and schedule time to download and install it. You will also need to convert your company file so that it will work with the new version of QuickBooks.

This is also a good time to consider moving to alternative accounting systems such as Sage Intacct, the industry-leading cloud financial solution. Sage Intacct is recognized as the top cloud accounting software based on customer satisfaction, and it provides a host of advanced features, including customizable dashboards, mobile access, and real-time reporting, all of which can help businesses save time, improve decision-making, and be more productive.

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