QuickBooks 2019 R13 Released

| October 27, 2020

Intuit has released QuickBooks 2019 R13, which fixes a few bugs and makes some other changes.

The changes that were announced are:

Credit Card Authorization

If you are storing credit card information in QuickBooks, you will be required to confirm that you have written authorization from your customers when saving the credit card information. Storing this compliance information is mandated by credit card networks (Visa, MasterCard, etc.). This might only be an issue if you are using a QuickBooks merchant service app.

QuickBooks User Management

Intuit is ramping up the requirement to have an Intuit Account attached to your company file. According to Intuit, this “makes it easier to connect and maintain product features and services”. You need to do this for the Admin user, and when you do you will no longer receive “persistent messaging” to do so.

You also can now “invite” other QuickBooks users to create their own Intuit Account. This is based on the assumption that each “user” in a QuickBooks company file is a separate person, a separate employee.

I don’t see any harm in doing this, and I’m glad they’ve fixed it so that you won’t continue to get annoying messaging about it. However, I know some users who won’t be happy because they don’t want to have any sort of online connection with their QuickBooks company file (or, at least, they don’t THINK they have any connection). And I’m not always happy with the assumption that each employee has a separate QuickBooks user record, as well as the assumption that each employee will only have one user account.

QuickBooks 2019 R13 Bug Fixes

By the time we get to an R13 release we should only see a very small number of bug fixes, I would hope. What do I consider to be a “very small number”? Well, here’s the list, I’ll let you decide if you think this qualifies:

  • Payroll:
    • An issue with loading Federal 941 forms when there were no paychecks has been resolved.
    • This release resolves an issue where Washington DC Paid Family Leave could not be removed for some employees.
  • Corrects a certificate problem that was preventing the Business Planner from loading. I’m curious, how many businesses use the Business Planner now? I don’t know of any, but I only see a very small number of businesses these days.
  • Fixes a problem with the Invoices for All Customers report where toggling Sort By or selecting Print Report would change numbers in the “Aging” column. That is a nasty one.
  • Resolves an issue where the Po Number field entered against an invoice appears blank when viewing or exporting transactions on a report from the Customer Center.
  • Fixes a problem that was preventing you from toggling from one QuickBooks edition to another.
  • Fixes an issue that resulted in repeated requests to log into an Intuit Account even after you had successfully done so.

If you run into any of these bugs you should get this update whenever you can. If you don’t have those issues, don’t be in a rush, wait a week or so, just in case the release creates new problems. I’m not aware of any problems in the new release, I’m just naturally very cautious when it comes to installing updates to business-critical software. Intuit has been doing pretty good lately, as far as not introducing catastrophic errors with a bug update release.

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Charlie Russell is the founder of CCRSoftware. He’s been involved with the small business software industry since the mid 70’s, focusing on inventory and accounting software for small businesses. Charlie is a Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor.

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