What’s New in QuickBooks 2019 – December 2018 Updates


This month Intuit gave us Release 5 (R5) for QuickBooks Desktop 2019. This is  shortly after September’s Release 4 (R4) updates, with additions such as Cycle Counts, Pick, Pack, and Ship, and improvements to .iif file import. Read more about that in our last update.

The December 2018 R5 updates consist mainly of two bug issues that Intuit fixed that happened after downloading someone download the R4 updates. Let’s take a look at what R5 improvements and changes there have been.

Bug Fixes

  • Crashing while applying credits to Invoice has been fixed.
  • Error when closing QBA files if you have 2019 and lower QuickBooks version in the same PC has been fixed.


Payroll Compliance

  • QBDT Payroll products are completely compliant with US tax laws giving you complete confidence that you are paying your employees right.

Payroll reports

  • You can now generate “State Mandated Retirement” reports for states that require reporting of retirements deductions from each employee’s paycheck.

QuickBooks Desktop Payroll Reports

Payroll Onboarding

  • Purchasing Payroll in-product is now simpler and faster.
  • After purchase, you can easily onboard to QuickBooks Desktop Payroll. With ‘Express Setup’ option, you can quickly add your employees, set up their pay and benefits and run your first payroll.

Other Changes

Fixed Asset Manager 

  • Update for calculations in order to support the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017. This will be handy for tax season coming up!

Accountant’s Copy File Transfer 

  • Improvements made to the ACFT experience for better collaboration with accountants.

QuickBooks Destop Accountant ToolBox


We have really liked the updates and improvements that Intuit has made this year to QuickBooks Desktop. Many of these changes have made QuickBooks Desktop much more user-friendly, collaborative (like the addition of the Accountant Toolbox), and time-saving, such as with Cycle Counts and Pick, Pack, and Ship. We are excited to see what is in store for 2019.


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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