QuickBooks Pro 2016

QuickBooks Premier 2016

QuickBooks Accountant 2016

Detailed Comparison

Simple Start 2006
Pro 2006
Multiple Companies
Multiple Users1 (Requires the purchase of additional licenses)  
Online Application2    
OS3: Client- Vista, Win 7 (32/ 64 bit) & Win 8 (32/ 64 bit). Server- Windows Server 2003, 2008, & 2012
Easily Get Started
“Welcome to QuickBooks!” for first time users- featuring general tips & to-do’s  
Quickly get started with common tasks using the Quick Start Centre  
Easy Step® interview to get you up & running quicker when creating a new company  
Help and Live Community
Quick navigation using the Shortcut bar, Icon bar and Menu bar  
QuickBooks Coach and Video Tutorials
New Create a new company file by copying preferences and lists from existing company file  
Chart of Accounts customised for your industry  
Organise and complete everyday tasks
New Insights on Homepage- track your business health  
New Favourites Menu- create your own menu with transactions you access regularly  
Copy, scan or drag documents into the new Doc Centre  
Attach multiple documents when emailing customers or suppliers  
Customer Lead Center- Track leads and convert easily to a customer  
Quickly locate an account, report, or invoice with QuickBooks F3 Search  
Improved Stay on top of your receivables with the ‘Income Tracker’  
Add or edit multiple lists by copying from MS Excel in spreadsheet view4  
Create customer letters in MS word.4  
Send forms using ‘non desktop’ Web based email handlers- such as Hotmail/ Live, Gmail and Yahoo webmail  
Send forms using a desktop email handler 4- MS Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010 (32 /64 bit) & 2013 (32 /64 bit) Not compatible with Office Click-To-Run delivery formats.
New Send Company File to Accountant 6  
Setup multiple email templates  
Track emails sent to customers & suppliers from customer & supplier centres  
Email customer payment receipts  
New Email memorised report groups in batch  
Track your Balance Sheet by Class/Cost Centre    
See all your key customer information at a glance with the Customer Snapshot  
Payment Snapshot: one place to view payment flows  
Create an invoice for multiple customers in single window with batch invoicing  
Easily manage reports with new Report Centre  
Run reports and back up data while others work in the same company file  
One click access to relevant reports  
Duplicate sales and purchase transactions and list items  
Track bills and set due-date reminders  
Customer and Supplier Centres: contact and transaction history in one place  
Progress Invoicing and automatic recharge of expenses  
Integrate QuickBooks data with other business applications3  
Improved Customisable reports and graphs (14 Basic Reports) (100+ Basic Reports) (135+ Basic Reports) (135+ Basic Reports)
New Insert Report comments  
Report Center  
Improved Alerts Menu – stay on top of important tasks  
Short Term Cash Flow Projections  
Create a Budget  
Company Snapshot shows key performance indicators for your business  
Set billing rates by employee, customer/client, position or service    
Efficiently manage stock
Track Stock, set reorder points & create Purchase Orders  
Stock Centre    
Attach documents pertaining to stock using the Doc centre  
Create sales orders    
Manage back orders using the Sales Order fullfilment worksheet (not avail if multi currency enabled)      
Generate Sales Orders from Estimates    
Generate Purchase Orders from Estimates    
Generate Purchase Orders from Sales Orders    
Easily set prices and determine discounts by customer or job (Per Item or fixed %)    
Build and Track Inventory Assemblies to Finished Goods    
Units of Measure – buy, sell stock in different units    
Set maximum order levels in addition to the existing minimum re order levels    
Store Manufacturers Part Numbers on Items  
Trade in multiple currencies
Download currency exchange rates  
Support for over 140 currencies  
Exchange rate history calendar  
Create Summary Reports in Home and Foreign values  
Set multiple foreign sales prices for items  
Credit memo exhange rates automatically change to match Invoice exchange rates  
Invoice templates show home and foreign currency totals  
VAT Management
South Africa VAT201
Report VAT liability on a Cash (payment) basis
Report VAT liability on a Accrual (invoice) basis  
VAT Centre for easy access to common VAT tasks  
VAT Setup Wizard to change / add new VAT rates  
Access prior VAT returns once a period has been filed offline. (Online filing available only in UK)  
Accountant-specific tools
Audit Trail
Create Accountant Copy Changes (.QBY)      
QuickBooks File Manager- managing multiple data files      
Accountant Centre      
Entering Cheques in a batch      
Password Protected Closing Date  
Auto Reverse of Journal entries    
One Click Journal History      
Adjusted TB, Adjusting Journal Entries Report      
Financial Statement designer      
Toggle between different editions of QuickBooks      
Optimised for multiple users and locations
Track your Balance Sheet by Class    
Open two different company files simultaneously on same machine      
Set basic permissions levels to control user access  
Multiple User Access (with purchase of additional licenses)1   (Up to 5 users1) (Up to 5 users1) (Up to 30 users1)
Multiuser tools (backup and file locking)  
QuickBooks Instant Messenger  
Desktop Sharing- access your computer from a remote location 5 (Similar to Teamviewer- not meant for multiple branches/ users.)     (1 year free) (1 year free)

Foot notes:

  1. Requires the purchase of additional licenses. Pro/Premier 5 concurrent users, Accountant 30 concurrent users.
  2. QuickBooks Uk Desktop is not an online application. It can however be accessed on Cloud using Windows Remote Desktop Protocals (Terminal Services)
  3. QuickBooks Uk Desktop is Windows based- cannot be directly installed on Mac or iPad. For Terminal Server purposes we reccomend Windows Server 2003 Standard (SP2), Windows Server 2008/ 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012/ 2012 R2 therefore making it ‘Cloud friendly’.
  4. Microsoft Office Compatibility: Email requires MS Office Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010 or 2013 (Click-to-Run not supported). Letter Writing requires MS Word 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Excel integration requires MS Excel 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Outlook synchronization requires QuickBooks Contact Sync for Outlook (www.quickbooks.com/contact_sync/)- requires MS Outlook 2003, 2007 & 2010 (2013 not supported). QuickBooks Statement Writer requires MS Excel 2007 and 2010 (2013 not supported).
  5. Internet access required. Annual subscription fees apply for WebEx remote access service.
  6. The ‘Send file to Accountant’ facility, assumes user already has a service such as dropbox in place and setup. It places accountants copy or Portable Company File in the specific folder configured for services such as dropbox.