QuickBooks payroll set up – How to enter payroll service key


Within QuickBooks there are several different payroll options to purchase, including Full Service, Enhanced, and Assisted Payroll. Once you order Payroll from your Intuit Premier Reseller like AQB , you’ll get a service key.

With that key, inside QuickBooks Go to “Employee”, then “Payroll” and enter your service key. Everything in here is tied to your federal tax ID number. If the number listed on the payroll subscription doesn’t match yours, Go up to Company > Company Information and enter the correct Tax ID number on this screen:


Once you’re all set, go to “Add” a Payroll Service Key. Follow the wizard to confirmation, and it will then download your tax tables. You will then be prompted to exit out and restart your software – and once you reopen, your work is done!


About Marjorie Adams

Our head QuickBooks trainer and guru, Marjorie Adams, is Founder and CEO of Fourlane, Inc., an award-winning consulting firm and Intuit’s #1 QuickBooks Reseller Partner. Fourlane’s team of experts offers several QuickBooks oriented services including consulting, training, programming, integration, and more. Over the years, Fourlane has helped over 10,000 customers across many different industries with their QuickBooks accounting software. Marjorie Adams is considered one of the top QuickBooks trainers in the country. She was listed on CPA Practice Advisor’s 40 Under 40 in 2014 & 2015, and has been recognized as Intuitive Accountant’s 2015 QuickBooks Desktop ProAdvisor of the Year. Marjorie sits on Intuit’s VIP Program, is a frequent contributor to Inuit Accountants News Central, and has developed Intuit’s QuickBooks Enterprise Certification training. She has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BusinessWeek, American Express Open, the Huffington Post, and Inc. Magazine.

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  1. 2017-11-09 … Ms. Adams … I have purchased QB Payroll (Enhanced) today … I have both a “License Number” and the “Product Code” … However, I was not provided the 16-digit Service Key … How can I get this in order to activate my QB Payroll? Thanks … CEAI@Engineering-Excellence.US

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