The former administrator for my church used the desktop version of QuickBooks Pro 2016. It is not the non-profit module. I want to go with 2018 version but not sure what will work best for the transition -- online or desktop.
If you are comfortable with the desktop version I would stick with that. I used to be an auditor for a CPA firm and have used both versions extensively. Quickbooks online isn't totally user friendly yet. The only real advantage of online right now is that you can access it from any computer by logging into the website. The report generation for QB online is slow and clunky and searching and data entry are also slower. The only other reason to consider online is that Intuit will likely discontinue desktop versions at some point.
Also you don't necessarily need the non-profit version. The only real difference is that the non-profit version uses the report names for GAAP non-profit accounting for instance Statement of Financial Position instead of Balance Sheet and Statement of Activities instead of Income Statement. There are a few other non-profit specific features but they are situationally useful.
Well explained bpatel!
Agreeing to it, I would like to add that hosting of QuickBooks Pro desktop can bring the functionality of both QB Online and desktop version together. QB pro hosting will give anytime-anywhere accessibility, multi-device usability, multi-user collaboration along with benefits of 2018 QB Pro desktop features like advanced reporting.
What makes it more interesting solution for Eagle69 is that hosting makes version upgrade easier. Going with commercial hosting providers authorized by Intuit, hosted QB license can also be taken on lease, in which you will get an automatic upgrade to a newer version. It means that you can use QB 2018 for now and switch to QB 2019, when the version comes to the market...and so on.
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