QuickBooks 2016 Release Date News & Rumors

quickbooks 2016 release date

Updated September 25th, 2015: QuickBooks 2016 has just been released! You can now pick up your U.S. copy at intuit.com or at any of their authorized resellers (both download or CD-disk versions are available).  If you’re international, the Canadian and U.K versions have also just been released and are available too.

We are also happy to report that pricing hasn’t changed and the instant discount is still valid on the 2016 versions. Here are the details:

So what’s new?

Here’s is what you’ll find in the 2016 versions of QuickBooks:

  • Bill Tracker – This features gives you an instant view where your money-out (bills, etc.) is going.
  • Manage forms in a single step – This enhanced features un-clutters all your “send forms” queue in one click.
  • Advanced reporting features – This now includes a “this year to last month” filter.

Be sure to see the full comparison lists for Pro, Premier and Mac to see how the 2016 version varies compared to the 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 releases.

Updated September 16th, 2015: Along with the upcoming Quicken 2016 products, we just saw the pre-order pages for QuickBooks Pro 2016, Premier 2016 and Mac 2016. The ship date listed is October 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM US/Pacific time but we expect them to make it available soon after as Intuit starts shipping the new QuickBooks versions this coming Monday (September 21st).

Updated September 9th, 2015: The Intuit blog just posted two articles outlining the new features coming in QuickBooks Desktop 2016 and QuickBooks Mac 2016. I highly recommend checking it out if you’re interested in seeing this year’s product improvements.

In summary, here are the changes you can expect to see in QuickBooks Pro and Premier 2016:

  • New Bill Tracker – You’ll now be able to real-time data and status of the money that’s going out of your business. You’ll be able to search and sort your bills by vendor, type, or date range, and then take actions such as printing, paying or closing PO’s.
  • New Bulk Clear Send Forms – You can now select and remove multiple documents from the send queue at once rather than having to go through each line item.
  • Improved e-invoicing – You can now send your invoices with a “Pay Now” link and accept any major credit card on the spot. Then once the payment goes through, your QuickBooks data is updated wit the payment details downloaded directly into your QuickBooks software.
  • New Fiscal Year-to-Last Month Report Filter – Any report now allows you to filter for a specific date range, making custom reports now a breeze.
  • New Continuous Feed Label Printer Support – We can’t believe it took this long to add this feature; you’ll now be able to use a Zebra-compatible printer to print single labels on your continuous feed label printer.
  • Improved Verify and Rebuild Process – No longer do you ned to find the QBWin.log files to troubleshoot the problem when you encounter a data verification issue.
  • Now, the details of the detected issues for both the Verify and Rebuild process are provided to help you solve the problem faster.
  • New Auto Copy Ship-To Address (only in Premier 2016) – QuickBooks now populates the “ship to” address with the customer’s information that’s on file. Long longer do you need to manually input the addresses from the Create Sales Order or Create Estimate into the Purchase Order ship to field.

See the full list of new features found in QuickBooks 2016 at Intuit.com.  Keep an eye out for the 2016 versions to be released on September 21st (unless you are part of the ProAdvisor program in which case you’ll already be able to download your copy).

Updated September 8th, 2015: For all QuickBooks Accountant users, the 2016 desktop version has just been released.  We still have a few more weeks for the Pro and Premier versions to come out (expected to be announced on September 21st).

Here’s a look at what’s new in QuickBooks Accountant 2016 Plus and how this version compares the features found in the last few releases:

quickbooks accountant 2016 new features

Updated September 2nd, 2015: We wanted to remind everyone again that if you purchase QuickBooks Pro or Premier directly from the Intuit Store (now on sale with Pro 2015 at $100.00 off and Premier 2015 at $150.00 off) then you’ll be qualified to get a free upgrade to the 2016 version once it’s released later this month. This is a good opportunity to get a good deal as we don’t expect to see any significant discounts right at the time of the 2016 product launch.

Updated September 1st, 2015: Could it be that QuickBooks 2016 will be launched a little bit sooner this year? We just ran across this pre-order page for QuickBooks Premier 2016 from one of Intuit’s resellers that says the official launch of the product will be on September 8th. We’re a little skeptical that it will come this early as it’s usually closer to the end of the month… I guess we’ll have to wait until next Monday.

Here’s the screenshot just incase the page gets pulled down – You’ll notice the release date is listed in the description at the bottom:

quickbooks premier 2016 pre order screenshot

Updated August 19th, 2015: It looks like Amazon UK just posted a pre-order page for QuickBooks Premier 2016 with a launch date of Monday September 21st, 2015 listed. That’s inline with the launch date that we were expecting and think it’s probably going to be released in the United Stated on the same day (Intuit usually has their product releases on Monday’s).

Quickbooks Premier 2016 Amazon Preorder

Below are some of the features included in QuickBooks Premier 2016 (UK Edition) as posted on Amazon’s pre-release page. Just note that the U.S. version will likely differ.

Quickbooks Premier 2016 UK New Features - Page 1 Quickbooks Premier 2016 UK New Features - Page 2 Quickbooks Premier 2016 UK New Features - Page 3

Updated August 12th, 2015:  We just finished talking to the folks on the QuickBooks sales team and we just received confirmation that if you buy the 2015 desktop version of QuickBooks Pro, Premier or Mac directly from Intuit, then you will qualify for a free upgrade to the 2016 version once it’s released at the end of September. Here are the full details, including how to qualify and which versions fall under this policy.

Updated July 21st, 2015: Summer is in full swing and it’s that time again where we start our countdown to the 2016 release of QuickBooks accounting software. Being users of QuickBooks ourselves, we are always excited to see what the next versions will bring. And after watching Intuit’s product releases for the last 15 years, we are pretty confident in our release date predictions (especially as it happens almost the some time every year). You can expect to see the 2016 versions released in the third week of September.

QuickBooks 2016 versions expected to be announced and shipping in the third week of September, 2015.- Rumored QuickBooks 2016 Release Date

Here’s a quick look at the past few release dates. The most recent releases occurred in the third week of September.

  • Quickbooks 2015 – Released on September 22nd, 2014.
  • Quickbooks 2014 – Released on September 23rd, 2013.
  • QuickBooks 2013 – Released on September 10th, 2012.
  • QuickBooks 2012 – Released on September 26th, 2011.
  • QuickBooks 2011 – Released on September 19th, 2010.
  • QuickBooks 2010 – Released on September 16th, 2009.
  • QuickBooks 2009 – Released on September 17th, 2008.

The only anomaly is QuickBooks Accountant which is typically released in early September, a few weeks before the Pro, Premier and Mac versions.

What do we want to see improved in the 2016 version?

Every year we put this list together and sometimes we see improvements made to these items and sometime we don’t (here is last year’s list). Here are the issues and suggested changes/improvements that top our list this year:

  • Version compatibility – If you’re working in the 2015 version or Pro or Premier, you’re unable to save files in the 2014 or older formats (only the accountant version has this functionality). This can be frustrating if you are sharing files between people who are running different versions of QuickBooks. And furthermore, you’re unable to open old forms unless you have an active payroll services. So if you decide to switch to another payroll service you can no longer view or access your old IRS (and state) filings.
  • Significant price increases – You might or might not have noticed, but the 2015 versions saw significant price increases on the Pro and Premier versions. QuickBooks Pro retailed for $249.95 in 2014 and $299.95 in 2015. QuickBooks Premier retailed for $399.95 in 2014 and $499.95 in 2015. We’ve heard that Intuit is increasing prices to force people to switch to their online versions of QuickBooks that now have a lower monthly cost than upgrading every year (that’s what Adobe Systems did prior to canceling their Creative Suite product line). Of course not everyone and every business wants to switch to the cloud and post their financial info online (especially in light of the recent Sony hacks) so we hope prices for the 2016 versions stay put for now.
  • Easier upgrading – If you’ve skipped a few versions (i.e. you’re updating from a 2008 version to 2015), then converting over your old files is a tricky task. If you’re upgrading for a version that is one or two years back it’s not that bad, but as time goes on it’s likely you won’t be able to do it without spending some time on the phone with QuickBooks’ customer service.
  • Ability to adjust the font – It’s surprising that after so many years, you can’y adjust the font within QuickBooks. Especially nowadays where everyone has a different machine, screen size and resolution. For some people this maybe a nonissue while others will need a magnifying glass to see the typeface.
  • Better customer service – Intuit, like many tech companies in the last decade has outsourced their customer support to cut costs. This often means, as in the case of Intuit, that the quality of support has decreased. It you can’t find the answers to your problems in QuickBook’s community forums then it’s likely calling support won;t help you much (assuming you have the patience of waiting through the long hold times).

Can I get a free upgrade?

If you recently purchased or upgraded to the 2015 desktop version and you purchased it directly from Intuit.com, then you may qualify for a free upgrade (you’ll have to be within the 60 days window prior to the launch). Here are more details on how the free upgrade policy looks like and what you need to know to take advantage of this offer.

What changes do you want to see in QuickBooks 2016?

What would you like to see changed, improved or added in the 2016 release of QuickBooks software? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below (to prevent spam, all comments are held for moderation until approved by one of us here).

  1. September 28, 2015

    Pam Oldfield

    I would love to have the ability to archive or separate customers in prior years. Once you have used Quickbooks for several years, it is not cost effective to even do a mailing to customers.
    We have over 14.000 customers and have exceeded the allowable amount able to be used in Quickbooks. We have been loyal users since 1999 and now have a hot mess. I have never seen the maximum even mentioned. You cannot delete a customer even if they have made one purchase even fifteen years ago. The only answer I was given by Intuit was to go to Enterprise.

  2. September 8, 2015


    Buy QBP 2015 today (9/8/15) for $179.95. Upgrade to QBP 2016 tomorrow.

  3. September 8, 2015

    Jan Wrightq

    Invoice time and expense screen used to be able to be run by multiple users. This went away about 6 versions ago. Bring it back. We have two people invoicing at the same time.

  4. September 4, 2015



  5. August 29, 2015


    STILL No Mention about Arabic Language & other international Fonts in these new Etions

  6. August 29, 2015


    Still no mention about Fonts in 2016 editions

  7. August 20, 2015


    Make QB more Dual Monitor Friendly

  8. August 12, 2015

    Lynn McMasters

    Regarding report formatting:

    Please get rid of the solid black line at the top of the reports.

    Please remove the extra spaces that appear when you collapse a report. It looks fine on the screen but looks very unprofessional when it prints.

  9. August 11, 2015


    I would like finally QuickBooks to enable allocation of landing costs for each item purchased locally or imported from outside. It is strange how come this is not in QuickBooks until now???? Do we have to continue to use Microsoft excel for this purpose still in 2016???

  10. August 6, 2015


    I would like to be able to print batch invoice in alphabetical order, so that I can match them up easier with my statements.

  11. August 6, 2015


    I would like to see much greater customizability in account types and the way they flow through to the balance sheet. For example, I’d like to be able to create arbitrarily many different accounts of type “Fixed Asset” (e.g. “Land”, “Buildings”, and “Equipment”) and have each show up separately on the balance sheet with their own name and subtotal (instead of having each of the three as a subaccount of “Fixed Asset”). I’d like to be able to do the same for all of the other account types as well.

  12. August 3, 2015


    I would like to be able to add a different due date to each part the customer is ordering, rather than one due date for the hole sales order.

  13. August 3, 2015


    I would like to see changes to the multi-user allowances. We have to shut the whole system down and kick everyone off if there is a mistake that needs corrected like changing an inventory item to a non-inventory item. Or just changing the expense/income account. I have 6 users and I have to have all users close just to change an account. that sounds ridiculous to me.

  14. August 2, 2015

    Patrick Markey

    Is it possible when filling out an invoice to have last price charged and last date sold?
    Very important for my business.

  15. July 30, 2015


    There has been a major GLITCH in the software for years.
    It has to do with doing an estimate.
    When a subtotal is run and one would like to apply a percentage discount, the discount comes out of the cost of the subtotal and not the selling price.
    QB personnel seem to keep misunderstanding the difference in “COST” and “Selling Prices”
    They told me it all works out in the invoice phase.
    The problem is that it makes the markup profit look better than it actually is
    A real “fooler” if one thinks they are making so much profit and to find they didn’t make that much

    Also there needs to be an additional column in an estimate to show the individual selling price of an item – especially when the quantity is more than 1

    Also it would be nice to allow assigned page breaks.
    There is a hidden code that QB uses when an item drags over to a second page but when a group of items need to stay together it doesn’t care.
    Making the estimate broken at weird places

  16. July 21, 2015


    I think QuickBooks is outdated. It is good when the data is few but with many transactions or using it for over a year the performance decreases so much. I suggest moving to s better application like Microsoft Great Plain or QBM from Business Aim.

  17. July 17, 2015


    I would like QB for MAC to have all the features of Quickbooks PRO. QB MAC is way too inferior compared to her brothers.

  18. July 17, 2015


    After converting a estimate to invoice, automatically make estimate inactive.

  19. July 14, 2015


    I would like to be able to email bill payment stubs from QuickBooks similar to emailing paycheck stubs.

  20. July 9, 2015

    daniel k.

    I would like to be have the option to be able to copy and paste a whole list of items # SKUs for a excel column to the invoice sheet to make creating invoice much easier. instead of copying and pasting one at the time.

    thank you!

  21. July 7, 2015


    Wow, the list is so long.
    For the record its ah-mazing how any blindly compare apples to oranges with little thought that the are different. Example $400 for QBD or $30 for QBO. News flash QBD is for 3 years thats 36 months and QBO is monthly. Divide or multiple by 36 to compare properly.
    Change, ditch the wasted space at the bottom of general journal entries. I don’t care about the previous entries.

  22. July 5, 2015


    Let’s talk construction industry use associated with payroll taxes–Locality based residence, non residence, Job in location. Payroll runs through the job set up. The job is set up so it recognizes the local payroll tax requirements of the government agencies. If then then that. If there then where does employee live. WOW if that could happen they would have an amazing product. The construction QB package is so lacking. I pruchased it for one client for the upcharge and it was such a waste of $. The job cost module needs help.

  23. June 25, 2015


    I would really like to see more robust Class tracking for the Not-For-Profit accounting – right now it’s pretty good, but it’s also very easy to enter something in a way that messes up the class tracking and leaves the funds unbalanced.

  24. June 24, 2015

    Paul Wipf

    There is a lot to fix in the Mac Version I hope You did

  25. June 18, 2015


    Be nice to have “location codes” for multiple business locations (asset and expense tracking).

  26. June 11, 2015


    Quit bragging about how easy QB is for attorneys and make it actually so. Trust account procedures are worse than having King Kong at my dinner table.

  27. June 11, 2015

    Yair Tendler

    I think they need to work on the speed as a priority in 2016.
    other features are not very important compare to the response time we get.

    I really believe there they need to start moving to faster data-base system.

  28. April 17, 2015


    would like to be able to use right to left languages especially in the item description field. Have been asking for this for about 15 years. I actually have a work around which uses a Hebrew font typed left to right (imagine writing backwards) but which shows up as Hebrew characters, This obviously would solve the Arabic problem as well. The difficulty with this is that its not a built in to Windows font, so I have to send my customers the font in order for them to read the invoice or sales report.

  29. April 15, 2015


    why quickbooks enterprise 2015 doesn’t support Arabic language ?
    can intuit make quickbooks 2016 support Arabic language . because it very important.
    thank alot.

  30. April 6, 2015

    Mark Arscott

    Intuit get back to the core business…the account program ….. Manufacturing : how to deal with Raw Materials. eg: Buy a Bar of material ( Brass, steels etc) from that Bar it makes 100 x Widget ‘A’; but from the same bar it will make 50 x Widget (B) or 150 x Widget (C).

    QuickBooks only deals with the product AFTER it has been manufactured.
    After 23 years loyal customer, do I really have to go and LEARN SAGE or some other accounts system… thought QB wanted to be the leader.

    • August 3, 2015


      In Enterprise Manufacturing you cant manufacture a part! you can make a build pending but then it doesn’t show you how many parts you have in work on the inventory screen, sales order, or invoices. you have to manually open every build to see if it is pending. The components will show how many are in work but not how many finished assemblies you have IN work. Then you don’t have any manufacturing reports showing machining capabilities, machine work load, or a Work In Process List for those machines to know what jobs to work on. QuickBooks only deals with finish parts so why call it Manufacturing Edition!!. The only report for building parts is a pending build report, and when you 200-300 pending builds then that report is useless to have to go threw every time you need a production report.

    • August 8, 2015

      holly richardson

      We use a program called jobboss that handles all of that. It also syncs with quickbooks, so you’re not having to double enter bills, and after printing a packlist it will convert it to an invoice in quickbooks.

      Jobboss is really great for material, job and employee time, along with many other features.

  31. February 11, 2015



    1. I would like to see a better support for multicurrency users as the current version are very limited. The problem I face is I use 4-5 currency’s and as long as the foreign currency interacts with the home currency everything is fine however when there is a transaction between 2 foreign currency accounts ie: product sold in USD payment received in GBP while home currency is EUR quickbooks cannot handle this transaction.
    2. I would like to have the same grouping ability that is available in customers but not suppliers ie: sub customers and sub suppliers
    3. I would like to be able to add someone as a supplier and a customer
    4. I would like to be able to make sub customers and sub suppliers with different currencies

    I have a lot more that I would like to be changed but for now these would most definetly make me buy the upcoming 2016 version 🙂

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