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Accountants now have more flexibility and control over their billing options for QuickBooks clients

Starting July 8, 2024, you will have more flexibility and control over who pays for your clients’ QuickBooks subscriptions. Through QuickBooks Online Accountant, you can now mix and match the billing options for each QuickBooks product based on what best suits your client and your firm.


This new customization will apply to existing and new clients, and can help your firm standardize your monthly QuickBooks invoice without the complications of variable costs. The ability to split the billing per product might even make it easier for your firm to recommend add-on QuickBooks products to your clients without having to manage the monthly billing and operations.


Sign into QuickBooks Online Accountant, and go to Subscriptions and billing to choose the right billing option for each of your clients’ subscriptions.

What is changing?

Rather than billing either your firm or your client for all of their QuickBooks Online subscriptions, you will now be able to select how to bill each product. For example, you can choose to have your clients directly pay for products with variable fees, such as QuickBooks Online Payroll, 1099 filings or Contractor Payments, and QuickBooks Time, while your firm continues to pay for QuickBooks Online. 


With the launch of this new feature, you’ll see a major change in the Subscriptions and billing page in QuickBooks Online Accountant. We’ve moved things around to make it easier to manage all of your clients’ subscriptions from a single tab where you can easily filter your client list based on how their subscriptions are billed: accountant-billed, client-billed, or split-billed. 

Accountants now have more flexibility and control over their billing options for QuickBooks clients

Which QuickBooks Online products are eligible for split billing? 

QuickBooks Online*, QuickBooks Payroll, 1099 filings and Contractor Payments*, and QuickBooks Time are eligible for split billing. When you split the bill, your firm or your client will pay for the cost of the base subscription and any variable fees, such as per-employee fees or transaction fees. You will not be able to split the base subscription from the fees.


*QuickBooks Ledger is not eligible since it is an accountant-only offering through QuickBooks Online Accountant and can only be billed to your firm.


*QuickBooks Payments is not eligible because there is no base subscription cost billed to your firm or to your client. The processing fees for cards, digital wallets, and ACH bank payments will continue to be billed to whomever is processing the payment.


Note: Later this year, you'll also be able to split the billing options for QuickBooks Bill Pay.


How do I split the billing in QuickBooks Online Accountant?

From Subscriptions and billing, you’ll be able to add client subscriptions for QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Online Payroll, and QuickBooks Time, and split the bill by each product. Note: Later this summer, you’ll be able to split the billing when you add a client through the QuickBooks Online Accountant “Add Client” experience.

Accountants now have more flexibility and control over their billing options for QuickBooks clients

During the sign-up process for a new subscription, you’ll be able to choose between billing the subscription to your firm with the ProAdvisor discount applied, or billing to your client with either a direct discount or revenue share. Get more information about ProAdvisor Preferred Pricing options.

Accountants now have more flexibility and control over their billing options for QuickBooks clients

You can also choose to edit clients with existing subscriptions and “split” the bill by each product. For example, if your firm currently pays for QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Online Payroll, you can choose to only transfer the billing for the existing Payroll subscription to your client. Note: Revenue share is not available when transferring the billing for existing subscriptions.

Accountants now have more flexibility and control over their billing options for QuickBooks clients

Can my clients choose to split the billing without me?

This new feature is only available for QuickBooks Online Accountant users; your clients will not be able to split the billing for their subscriptions on their own. There will be no change to your clients’ existing subscriptions or their in-product billing experience.


What happens when I transfer the billing to my client?

Before you transfer the billing, if you haven’t already, make your client the primary admin of their company file. When you initiate the process to transfer the billing to your client, your client will be prompted to enter their payment information if one is not already on file. Now that your client owns the billing for the subscription, they will be able to make changes directly in their QuickBooks Online product, including upgrading, downgrading, and canceling the subscription. 



Sign into QuickBooks Online Accountant to choose the right billing option for each of your clients’ subscriptions, or call 800-458-3175 to speak with a member of the QuickBooks team to learn more about the ProAdvisor Preferred Pricing plans and the benefits of splitting the bill.


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