QuickBooks Payroll is offered on a subscription-basis (rather than a one-time purchase) because it's a service that provides a tax table each time the federal government, or the state or local governments covered by the subscription, enact any changes that affect payroll taxes.
An ongoing subscription enables you to get the latest payroll tax updates as they become available—simply download the information when you get updates from the service. To help ensure compliance with changing payroll tax withholding regulations, we strongly recommend that you maintain an active payroll subscription.
If you choose not to renew your subscription, you can continue
to use the latest payroll update you downloaded for 45 days after your subscription expires. At that time, tax tables will no longer
function in QuickBooks, and you must subscribe to QuickBooks Payroll in order to
continue receiving automatic payroll tax withholding calculations. This
safeguard helps to ensure you are not using outdated tax tables and forms,
which could result in incorrect payments or withholding.
If you choose not to subscribe after the 45-day deadline, follow the instructions in Calculating payroll taxes manually in