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Intuit to Discontinue QuickBooks Desktop in the UK


​As the Accountant Day dawned at the online QuickBooks Connect event this week, news began circulating through the ProAdvisor network that Intuit is ceasing support for QuickBooks Desktop in the UK from January 31, 2023.

Nov 4th 2021
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Two weeks ago Intuit emailed customers informing them that “sadly, we we have taken the decision to discontinue QuickBooks Desktop and Desktop Support for our UK customers.”

As a result of this decision, there will be no QuickBooks Desktop 2022 edition in the UK and support for the current version will continue until January 31, 2023 - the UK’s annual income tax filing deadline.


Intuit QuickBooks UK accountant segment lead Nick Williams explained to AccountingWEB UK, “This was not a decision taken lightly as we know QuickBooks Desktop has been a significant support for accounting professionals across the country.”

There were a number of reasons behind the decision, he continued. The British tax system is going through a long-term transition to online submission processes known as Making Tax Digital (MTD). Though experiencing several delays and switchbacks, the MTD programme is now gearing up for a move from annual self assessments for income tax - similar to the IRS’s income tax regime - to quarterly updates on expenses and income that will be consolidated into an end of year statement from April 2024.

Having brought its UK personal taxation product initiative to an end in 2004, Intuit needs to produce an MTD-compatible equivalent to Turbotax ahead of MTD income tax implementation. 

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