IIF Import Error in QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2020: How to Fix

Intuit Interchange Format (.IIF) files which are usually used to import or export lists and to import transactions in QuickBooks Desktop. The .IIF files consist of TSV (Tab-Separated Value), ASCII text files. These files make it easier to transfer data from and to various platforms to better manage QuickBooks company records.

Importing transactions and lists is pretty convenient and more accurate in QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2020 with the IIF Tool. Sometimes, it happens when users encounter an error in the correct IIF format of their document. Don’t panic, just go through the blog, you’ll get a complete guideline related to IIF import error in QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2020.

🔔 Important tip: If you are using QuickBooks 2019 and latest released, see Improved Import of IIF in QuickBooks 2019 and latest released.

Overview of IIF import kit

It is easy to import and export. IIF files in QuickBooks Desktop because it offers features automatically format the file with ease for you. However, creating .iif files from scratch or converting data from another system is technically challenging and can be difficult if you don’t have experience coding delimited text files.

This makes it easier and faster to enter the information directly into QuickBooks Desktop, unless you are required to import very large amounts of data. You can download and install .IIF import kit to continue Import to save time and boost your performance. You can also download the sample for the purpose of practicing and easily use the template for importing QuickBooks transactions.

The IIF import kit

The QuickBooks IIF Import Kit is a reference guide to build and work with import files from IIF. It includes the following components:

● IIF Import Manual: A .pdf document is nothing but that outlines common .iif pitfalls and best practices.
● IIF Example Files: Basically, a folder containing examples of version-specific .iif transactions.
● IIF Header Help: The headings for columns used to import list data.

Instructions to download and install .IIF import kit

● Download .IIF import kit {DOWNLOAD KIT}
● Next, click on the Save button in order to save the downloaded the IIF_Import_Kit.zip file on your Windows desktop
● Now use WinZip or any compatible file compression utility to extract the contents of the downloaded file
● The contents automatically extract into a sub folder called .IIF Import Kit
● To view its contents, open the IIF Import Kit folder.

👉 Note: A similar import kit is available for importing CSV as well as Microsoft Excel files.

Lists you can Import

IFFs are used to import and export QuickBooks Desktop data. You can also import things such as bank transactions, general journal entries, accountant’s changes, and batch transactions. You can also import lists like your vendor and customer lists and details are listed below. Have a look:

● Vendor types
● Employees
● Items
● Chart of Accounts
● Sales tax codes
● Customers and customer: jobs
● Classes
● Customer messages
● Customer and job types
● Budgets
● Sales reps
● Price levels
● Shipping methods
● Payment terms


How to Fix IIF Import Error in QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2020❓

IIF Import Error in QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2020

To correct the IIF format of your document then you should have a kit with a formatted document. After that you can only input the data on and upload later. Follow the steps discussed below to upload an IIF file:

Total Time: 20 minutes

Switch to Single-User

Initially, switch to Single-User Mode

Click on Utilities option

Next, click on File menu and then click on Utilities option

Import IIF files

After that choose the Import IIF files after selecting the Import option

Browse the file

Click and Browse the file

Select the Import it

Now select the Import it for me. I’ll fix it later

Click on the “Ok”

At last, click on the “Ok” button.


Steps to import transactions in QuickBooks Desktop

● Initially sign up as an Admin to your company file
● Next, go to File and then Select the “Single-User Mode” option and switch to it
● Taking backup of a company file is important. This may help in future if the data doesn’t import the way you expected
● After that, select the File menu and then choose Utilities
● Now select Import option within Utilities and then select the option called “Import IIF Files
● Look for the IIF file then right-click on it to select the Open option
● At last, hit the “Ok” button to make sure that data is exported.

Connect with us for further assistance

When the file is imported then you are able to see the number of lists and transactions imported. Hopefully, the above discussed information helps you to fix IIF Import Error in QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2020. In case, if you still have any questions about importing in QB or have any query related to this. Feel free to connect with QuickBooks technical support toll-free help desk number +1800-865-4183. You can also reach them via dropping an email info@askforaccounting.com or do a live chat with dedicated experts.