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How do I import QuickBooks data into TurboTax Business?

The 2018 TurboTax Business CD/Download software can import directly from the QuickBooks 2013-2019 Desktop software.

Tips for a successful import

  • QuickBooks Online data must first be exported to QuickBooks Desktop before it can be imported into TurboTax Business. Refer to QuickBooks Online support for help (also see the export limitations).
  • QuickBooks for Mac data must be converted to Windows before it can be imported. Instructions
  • You'll need QuickBooks Administrator access.
  • QuickBooks should be installed on the same local drive as TurboTax (not networked) and should be registered.
  • The QuickBooks company file (.qbw filename extension) must be in single-user mode and should have been opened at least once on the computer you're using to import (no need to leave it open during the import).
  • Be sure to update your QuickBooks data before importing so that your books match your tax return.
    • If you already imported, you can re-import updated QuickBooks info by selecting Replace whenever prompted.


  1. Open your return in TurboTax Business.
  2. From the File menu in the upper left corner, select Import > From QuickBooks.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to import.
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