Sage Intacct VS QuickBooks

In Sage Intacct by Tamara

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In this blog, we are going to be reviewing and comparing QuickBooks vs Sage Intacct. Before we begin comparing these two accounting solutions, it is worth noting that one is considerably bigger than the other, with substantially more advanced features. However, we will try to keep this comparison as fair and as transparent as possible!

Target Audience

QuickBooks and Sage Intacct are aimed at entirely different audiences. QuickBooks sits more in the small business market with the likes of Sage 50 and Xero. Built to support small businesses with their daily financial needs, it is a great tool to help new businesses and start-ups initiate growth.

Sage Intacct is aimed at growing and mid-sized businesses, promising best-in-class accounting capabilities to help accelerate growth.


Businesses are starting to understand the true value of the Cloud and more and more are investing in Cloud accounting solutions.

Both QuickBooks and Sage Intacct are cloud-based products, however, there are slight differences.

QuickBooks originated as an on-premise solution and in recent years has been adapted and upgraded to be more Cloud friendly with the ability to access your data and reports from multiple devices as long as you have internet access.

In comparison, Sage Intacct is a native Cloud solution. It was born on the Cloud and it lives and breathes Cloud. No data is stored locally, meaning no extra costs for hosting and servers. As long as you have an internet connection you can access Sage Intacct from anywhere at any time.


The price difference between QuickBooks vs Sage Intacct is quite vast. QuickBooks has three different pricing levels each level giving you additional features and functionality but it can start from as little as £12 per month (plus VAT), learn more about the QuickBooks pricing, here.

Sage Intacct’s pricing is modular. This means that it is entirely dependent on what functionality you require, a ‘pick and mix’ approach if you like! As a base, Sage Intacct has core financials, then you add on the modules and functionality you need, meaning you don’t pay for anything you do not require.

Both products are offered on a monthly subscription basis.

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Integrations & Flexibility

Both QuickBooks and Sage Intacct have strong integration capabilities and API flexibility.

QuickBooks boasts 650+ ‘apps’ that it can integrate with including the likes of PayPal, Shopify and Amazon Business. See the full list of apps here. These apps help expand the functionality of the software and are frequently used by its customer base.

Sage Intacct offers fewer apps and instead focuses on its suite of strong integrations. The most popular of which being the out-of-the-box integration with Salesforce, built and maintained by Sage themselves. Sage has built a core product in Sage Intacct, with most of the functionality necessary for medium-sized businesses, however, there are some great integrations in the marketplace that can further enhance your Sage Intacct ecosystem. You can learn more about the Sage Intacct Marketplace here.


It is important for businesses to invest in software that they know will grow with their business as they scale.

QuickBooks is great for new businesses and startups, offering great flexibility and integration options. However, fast-growing businesses may eventually find that QuickBooks is unable to keep up with their growth. Common challenges experienced by growing businesses are usually reporting budgeting and project management. You may also find as you grow that the user cap QuickBooks has of 30 users may be easier to reach than when you first started (which is only a good thing!).

Sage Intacct is built for growing businesses; its flexibility and adaptability mean as your business grows, so can the software and the functionality (you simply can add more modules as you need them). There are also no user limits in Sage Intacct. It quite literally grows with you.

Sage Intacct vs QuickBooks Conclusion

Ultimately what it comes down to is the size of your business, your needs, and your budget. If you are a small business that needs small functionality then QuickBooks is probably your best solution, though don’t forget Sage 50 and Xero put up a good fight against QuickBooks too (and you can read more about their comparison in our Sage 50 VS QuickBooks VS Xero blog). If your business is more mid-market and you’re seeking out advanced functionality (maybe you’re even on Sage 50, QuickBooks or Xero) then Sage Intacct is definitely one of the best step-ups in accounting software that you should be considering.

If you would like to explore Sage Intacct further, you can read more about it here, you can watch an on-demand demo of Sage Intacct here or alternatively, you can request a personalised Sage Intacct demo here.

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