QB Issue Resolution:

No, he can work with the same year as his (2016) or one year older only.

Use Accountant’s Copy between multiple versions of QuickBooks

Ideally, you should open an Accountant’s Copy using the same version (year) of QuickBooks Desktop however, you can still open and work on the Accountant’s Copy using a different version as long as the gap between the client’s and accountant’s QuickBooks is just one year (given that the accountant has the higher version).

Example

  • If the client has QuickBooks Pro or Premier 2018, the accountant must have QuickBooks Premier Accountant Edition 2018
  • If the client has QuickBooks Pro or Premier 2017, the accountant must have QuickBooks Premier Accountant Edition 2017 or 2018
  • If the client has QuickBooks Pro or Premier 2016, the accountant must have QuickBooks Premier Accountant Edition 2016 or 2017
  • If the client has QuickBooks Enterprise 2018, the accountant must have QuickBooks Enterprise Accountant Edition 2018
  • If the client has QuickBooks Enterprise 2017, the accountant must have QuickBooks Enterprise Accountant Edition 2017 or 2018
  • If the client has QuickBooks Enterprise 2016, the accountant must have QuickBooks Enterprise Accountant Edition 2016 or 2017

Resolution for Issue 'My accountant has qb pro 2016. Can he open the accountant file I have desktop pro 2017?' available: Yes (Solved).
Source: Intuit Community forum.

My accountant has qb pro 2016. Can he open the accountant file I have desktop pro 2017?: this issue or error code is a known issue in Quickbooks Online (QBO) and/or Quickbooks. Support for this issue is available either by self-service or paid support options. Experts are available to resolve your Quickbooks issue to ensure minimal downtime and continue running your business. First try to resolve the issue yourself by looking for a resolution described below. If it is a complex issue or you are unable to solve the issue, you may contact us by clicking here or by using other support options.

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