QuickBooks Accountant 2013 offers direct integration with ProSeries, Lacerte and Intuit Tax Online professional tax systems for trial balance export, and can integrate with Intuit’s payroll systems, which include live and after-the-fact processing and reporting.
Help/Support System: 4.5 Stars
QuickBooks Accountant 2013 includes several assistive features, including task and field-specific help, wizards, tutorials, how-tos, topical guides and other resources, as well as the indexed Help utility. Online self-support options include a knowledgebase and additional tools, and an online user community includes forums for specific topics.
Live technical support is free for QuickBooks ProAdvisors, but for others it is only free for the first 30 days, after which users can opt for per-incident pricing or subscribe to support. The QuickBooks ProAdvisor program costs about $50 more than the QuickBooks Accountant software, and includes the software, which makes it nearly cost neutral and comes with many other benefits, including the free support and additional training options.
Summary & Pricing:
QuickBooks Accountant 2013 has many new features that aid in managing the accounts of multiple clients, with a variety of new tools specifically designed for write-up processes. These include batch and pasting for transaction entry, encrypted emailing of journal entries to clients, and Client Data Review tools. The system also includes intelligent import functions that recognize the year and version a client’s files are saved in and retains that format.
The system is best suited to accounting firms with small and mid-sized clients using any version of QuickBooks for their business management. Pricing for QuickBooks Accountant 2013 starts at $499.95 per year for a single user, and $1,399.95 for a three-user license. The system can also be purchased on a subscription basis starting at $49.99 per month. The QuickBooks Statement Writer is included with the program.