Older versions of QuickBooks Enterprise (prior to the 2015 version) were sold as a software only option with specific add-on modules that you could purchase to activate features like Advanced Inventory or Advanced Pricing. Intuit payroll was one of those modular features as well and came in two different flavors – a more user involved Enhanced Payroll and the all-inclusive Full Service Payroll. Depending on which one you chose, you would spend an additional $400 to $1,200 per year for the service plus an additional $1.75 for each employee for each payroll period.
For the 2015 version, Intuit moved to subscription pricing for Enterprise and created 3 different packages: Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each of these different packages starting with Silver add additional features. All for them include unlimited, free technical support, data backup, training tools, and a free update to the most current version each year on the release date.
QuickBooks Enterprise Silver Subscription
This is the basic level of Enterprise and comes with the standard features plus the Advanced Reporting module which allows you to create custom reports from scratch. This version starts at $800 for 1 user.
QuickBooks Enterprise Gold Subscription
The Gold Edition of Enterprise takes everything in the Silver package and adds Intuit Enhanced Payroll. The advantage to having it bundled into the Enterprise subscription is it only adds about $250 to the annual price and it eliminates the per employee direct deposit charges. This is a huge win if you have a least a couple employees that you are paying once or twice a month.
QuickBooks Enterprise Platinum
The Platinum Edition of Enterprise comes with all the bells and whistles. Not only does it include everything in the Silver and Gold editions, but it also comes with the Advanced Pricing and Advanced Inventory modules. In the old version of Enterprise, these two add-ons would have cost $1,400 per year – in the Platinum edition they are included at no charge
The bottom line is that if you are looking for a top level accounting software for a small or mid-size business, QuickBooks Enterprise is hard to beat. If you are looking to have the added payroll option the then Gold or Platinum subscription of Enterprise is your way to go.