Transitioning your clients to QuickBooks Online Payroll

QuickBooks Desktop Assisted Payroll: Full-service payroll with free time to grow your practice

As an accountant, you are the trusted advisor to your clients, recommending products and services that will benefit their business by saving time and money. Although you want to ensure your clients stay in compliance with payroll, offering this service is probably not a big revenue generator for your practice. However, QuickBooks® Desktop Assisted Payroll will submit their payroll taxes and file the returns for them, keeping them in compliance with a penalty-free guarantee†.

Intuit® recently announced an investment in mid-market, or complex, fast-growing businesses – and that investment includes QuickBooks Desktop. As a Certified ProAdvisor®, you are eligible for preferred pricing of 20 percent off MSRP for the life of Assisted Payroll subscriptions, in addition to the multiple included service benefits.

Payroll data automatically entered in QuickBooks

Recommending QuickBooks Desktop Assisted payroll will eliminate busywork and help grow the relationship with your clients. If they are using another payroll provider, consider the amount of work involved in preparing journal entries to enable you to balance the bank account. In contrast, when using Assisted Payroll, this information is automatically recorded when the payroll is processed. The “all in QuickBooks” nature of Assisted Payroll allows for rich advanced payroll reporting, job costing, and less work for both parties.

U.S.-Based Onboarding Support

Intuit’s U.S.-based onboarding team is dedicated to streamlining the initial setup process for your client1. Furthermore, you have options; if you want to manage the client’s payroll setup, help them process and still have QuickBooks pay the taxes, you can do that, too! Add yourself as admin on the account, and at year end, you have the option to self print W-2s or have them done for you for an extra fee.

User Access Levels and up to 250 employees per payroll run

Another important feature unlocked with integrated payroll is the ability to set user access to keep payroll confidential. Additionally, your clients can now process up to 250 employees per payroll run.

Payroll taxes done – no penalties, guaranteed

This full-service payroll will appropriately withhold taxes from the payroll checks, submit to the appropriate agencies, and process the quarterly and annual payroll tax returns, on-time with a penalty-free guarantee†.

Employee perks

Assisted Payroll includes free direct deposit2 or the ability to print paper checks – whichever your client prefers. Additionally, protected online access via QuickBooks Workforce is available for employees to view their paystubs and W-2s, and is included with the service.

Less work, 24/7 support

As you may have realized, processing payroll is not a big moneymaker and payroll companies have such low prices that it makes it hard to compete. Intuit has you covered with premium 24/7 phone and chat support to answer questions quickly3. This allows your customers to get answers fast.

Integrated time tracking through QuickBooks Time

Have you looked at the QuickBooks Time integration? You can sign into QuickBooks Time and work directly inside QuickBooks to view your QuickBooks Time account. This is a seamlessly integrated solution giving you the best of both worlds; while you are inside QuickBooks, you bring up QuickBooks Time without having to leave the software and sync.

No more connectors or extra steps. See how it works.

Easy upgrades from existing Desktop payroll

If you have a customer using a “do it yourself” payroll product such as QuickBooks Enhanced or Basic Payroll, it’s an easy upgrade to move them to “full-service” Assisted Payroll. Consider taking these clients to the next level. With the same familiar software, the experience is the same, and the client will not have to make tax payments or payroll tax return filings. It will be done for them. You can rest assured that your client is compliant.

By recommending QuickBooks Assisted Payroll to your clients, you will ultimately find more time in your day, allowing you to focus on doing what you love to do and make more money! The exclusive lifetime discount of 20 percent off MSRP will make you their hero. Then, you can consider all the options you have during set up; you can help oversee the whole process, making sure that it’s all done smoothly.

In the end, your clients are compliant, and you can focus more on billing and growing the bottom line of your practice. Want to learn more? Call 800-923-9937.


†Penalty-free guarantee: We assume responsibility for federal and state payroll filings and payments directly from your account(s) based on the data you supply. As long as the information you provide us is correct and on time, and you have sufficient funds in your account, we’ll file your tax forms and payments accurately and on time or we’ll pay the resulting payroll tax penalties. Guarantee terms and conditions are subject to change at any time without notice.

1U.S.-based Onboarding: Phone support for Assisted Payroll onboarding is available Monday-Friday 6am – 6pm PST. Support hours subject to change without notice. See for additional information.

2Premium 24/7 support: Phone and messaging support for Premium level is available 24/7. Support hours exclude occasional downtime due to system and server maintenance, company events, observed U.S. holidays and events beyond our control. Intuit reserves the right to change these hours without notice.

3Free direct deposit: Direct deposit service is free for W-2 employees with your Enhanced Payroll subscription. Additional fees apply for 1099 contractors paid by direct deposit.

Recommended for you

Get the latest to your inbox

Get the latest product updates and certification news to help you grow your practice.

By clicking “Submit,” you agree to permit Intuit to contact you regarding QuickBooks and have read and acknowledge our Privacy Statement.

Thanks for subscribing.

Relevant resources to help start, run, and grow your business.

Looking for something else?

Get QuickBooks

Smart features made for your business. We've got you covered.

Tax Pro Center

Expert advice and resources for today’s accounting professionals.

QuickBooks Support

Get help with QuickBooks. Find articles, video tutorials, and more.

How can we help?
Talk to sales 1-800-497-1712

Monday - Friday, 5 AM to 6 PM PT

Get product support