Can I delete new accountant from QB?

Client not paid my invoices, invited new accountant to Quickbooks

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I wouldn't normally post anonymously, but don't know if the new accountant is also a member of AWeb. I have recently heard from a client I have had for years, who has decided that he'd rather have his mate's accountant look after him now.  So far no problem.  He owes me in excess of £1500 (very small practice, me + 1 ft and 1pt). I have told him that I will pass on all requested info once my o/s invoices have been paid.  However, we have discovered that he has already invited the new accountant onto his Quickbooks and she has accepted.  We are still showing as Master Admin on his system.  So, my question is one of ethics, can I delete her from his Quickbooks until he pays me?

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By Wanderer
19th Mar 2020 15:10

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I wouldn't normally post anonymously, but don't know if the new accountant is also a member of AWeb. I have recently heard from a client I have had for years, who has decided that he'd rather have his mate's accountant look after him now.  So far no problem.  He owes me in excess of £1500 (very small practice, me + 1 ft and 1pt). I have told him that I will pass on all requested info once my o/s invoices have been paid.  However, we have discovered that he has already invited the new accountant onto his Quickbooks and she has accepted.  We are still showing as Master Admin on his system.  So, my question is one of ethics, can I delete her from his Quickbooks until he pays me?

So you are asking if the proposed action is ethical? Do you really have to ask this question?
IMHO not only would it be unethical it would also be illegal!
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By Sandnickel
19th Mar 2020 15:18

Do you currently pay for the Quickbooks licence or does the client?

I wouldn't arbitrarily remove access, no.

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By lionofludesch
19th Mar 2020 15:41

Setting aside the ethics, what's to stop the new accountant being added again ?

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By Red Leader
19th Mar 2020 15:44

I suggest trying it and see what happens.

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By Matrix
19th Mar 2020 16:10

If you think it will get your bill paid then I would say yes do it, but I think it will make it less likely.

If you could please amend your post to say whether you have any leverage, have the accounts been submitted and do you hold the licence?

I would call up and say that you would be prepared to agree a payment plan but you are a small business and you need to be paid. If it gets nasty then close the account and take legal action.

And then take it as a lesson, especially in these volatile times, to take payment upfront. I am most nervous of doing work without being paid so will have to be really strict now, we are also running a business after all.

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By Wanderer
19th Mar 2020 16:48

If you accept the suggestions to give it a try etc. I'd make sure you are fully conversant with the Computer Misuse Act 1990 before doing so. Section 3(2)(b) may make you change your mind.

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By Montrose
20th Mar 2020 15:31

But s17(5)(a) Computer Misuse Act 1990,may cover the point?

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By Slim
19th Mar 2020 18:51

if you delete the client will most likely give their login details to the new accountant so you wont gain anything.

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By Tim Vane
20th Mar 2020 02:55

Chase your fees by all means. But don’t get petty about clients. It’s really not worth it.

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By bernard michael
20th Mar 2020 10:48

Were you asked for professional clearance??

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