This article will provide you the process to set up payroll in QuickBooks Desktop even if you don’t have a payroll subscription.

QuickBooks provides you the option to set up payroll without subscribing to any Intuit Payroll service. You might be thinking that it is a complex task but it’s not. It is actually very easy to set up QuickBooks payroll without a subscription. Go through the full article in order to set up payroll without a subscription.

Set up manual (without subscription) payroll in QuickBooks Desktop

Make sure that your system is not connected with the internet connection for QuickBooks Desktop 2018 R8 and later versions. Steps to set up payroll without subscription are as given below:

  • Setup your preferences for payroll. To do so, follow the steps:
    • Go to the Edit
    • Select Preferences > Payroll & Employees > Company Preferences tab
    • Click on Full Payroll option from the QuickBooks Desktop Payroll Features
    • Click on OK
  • Go to the Help menu and select QuickBooks Help or you can also press F1 from your keyboard.
  • From the Help Search field, type manual payroll and then hit
  • Click on the Calculate payroll manually (without a subscription to QuickBooks Payroll)
  • From the Set your company file to use the manual payroll calculations setting and then click on manual payroll calculations
  • Click on the Set my company file to use manual option
  • Close and restart the QuickBooks desktop.

Things to remember:

  • If you have accidently selected the Set my company file to use manual calculations but you want to reinstate payroll tax calculation in your company file then you will need to sign up for QuickBooks Desktop Payroll.
  • If the company is hosted by an Intuit-authorized hosting company then you must contact your hosting provider to help you in turning on the manual payroll. You may need to create a copy of your company file in your local computer before turning on the manual payroll.

Technical Support For QuickBooks Payroll

The above mentioned steps will allow you to set up QuickBooks payroll without having an active subscription. However, if you face any difficulties while performing this process then you must contact a QuickBooks expert. In such situations, you can contact our QuickBooks Payroll Support Phone Number +1-866-701-7446 toll-free.


Set Up Payroll Without A Subscription

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