I'm not sure how QuickBooks licensing works, but I know the MYOB system. Its not so much that they force you to renew your licence, more that they won't provide things like tax tables cheaply each year, forcing people to take out Cover to get a new version with the updated PAYG rates.
Their licensing is based around the company file. Every company file you create must be first be Activated and then periodically (every 4-9 months) Confirmed. Each time the file is Confirmed a new expiry date is set, requiring Confirmation again at that time.
This process checks that the MYOB product you are using to Confirm the file, is the same product as you have purchased from them. Say I buy AccountRight Plus 19, they issue me with a serial number registered to me and their records note I am using AR Plus v19. If I later get hold of and keep using say a copy of Enterprise v19 (instead of Plus), when I go to Confirm my company file (which still has the same serial number encoded in it), MYOB notes I am using Enterprise instead of Plus and the Confirmation fails. If I try the same Confirmation using AccountRight Plus v19, it will work and I can continue to use my file.
Fortunately, company file Activation and Confirmation is NOT linked to Cover subscription and having version upgrades. That is part of the licence agreement each user has with MYOB. They will continue to Activate and Confirm my Plus 19 company file while I have my Plus 19 licence. I personally have never had Cover and yet have been Confirming my files for years. BTW I am still using Plus v17. I have been using tax tables from FGH Tables for 3 years now.
Our products are stand alone products, in that they do not integrate with the MYOB or QuickBooks applications. They run completely separately.
TPAR Generator - Will load data directly from a client's MYOB company file. It does not open the file or affect the Confirmation process. No changes are made to the file. TPAR Generator simply reads the relevant sections in the file and loads the data into its memory.
TPAR Generator will also import data from any source, such as QuickBooks. The user must assemble the data, for example by exporting a report from their accounting software. The data will need to be sorted, summed etc and then assembled in the specified format (column order etc - full details in Help) and is them imported to TPAR Generator for generating the file for lodgment and PDF advices for contractors.
Whether a user has MYOB or QuickBooks, there is no impact on the licensing arrangement, or the Confirmation process.
EMPDUPE Maker - This program does not access the MYOB company file at all, only the empdupe file that MYOB generates during the Payment Summary process. A user can use MYOB or QuickBooks (or any other software) to generate the original empdupe file. If using an older version this file will be non-compliant. EMPDUPE Maker will open this file and allow you to enter the extra details (such as RESC and RFBT) and then create a compliant empdupe file and payment summaries.
Updated Tax Tables - This is a product from FGHTables who have tax tables for MYOB as well as QuickBooks. The tax tables come in a separate file.
For QuickBooks you simply copy that file to a specific location and QuickBooks uses it when calculating PAYG. There is no impact on licence issues. No changes are made to the program or the company file.
MYOB on the other hand loads tax tables from a file into your company file. When you get a Compliance Update under their Cover program, apart from changing version numbers on some screens, the only thing you usually get is a new tax table file. That's why even after installing the Compliance Update, you need to run the Setup, Load Tax Tables function to get updated tax tables. FGHTables simply provides you with the new tax table file which you load the same way you would a tax table file provided by MYOB as part of the Compliance Update. There is no impact on file Confirmation or your licence arrangement. Unfortunately Accounting Software suppliers like MYOB and QuickBooks have been using tax table changes as a means of "forcing" users to upgrade. Most users do not understand the whole Activation/Confirmation deal and think they must continue to have Cover etc to ensure continued access to their company file - this is simply not the case. Some companies are very careful with their marketing wording to ensure the users feels they MUST upgrade.
Super on Payslips - our website has step by step instructions for both MYOB and QuickBooks. No changes are made to the application or company file and there is no impact on licence/confirmation etc. The Payslip changes are made using inbuilt features in each application.