QuickBooks has an amazing feature that it helps organizations to streamline their payroll process. This makes it easy for the companies to pay their employees in an organized manner and on time. This will also reduce hassle and make the process easy, quick, and accurate.

QuickBooks payroll is a user-friendly module that comes combined with the accounting software and has various other useful options as well. But QuickBooks payroll also faces some errors and one of those if QuickBooks Error PS033 which is usually caused when CPS folder has a damaged file. Due to this error, it gets difficult for the user to download the latest payroll updates and thus, is unable to open the company file. In this blog, I am going to discuss about the possible causes behind to the QuickBooks payroll update error PS033 and also share few technical steps to fix it. However, to save you precious time and efforts you can contact to our QuickBooks payroll technical support team by dialing toll-free +1-844-405-0907.

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What is QuickBooks Payroll Update Error PS033?

When downloading a payroll update or opening a company file, you receive the following message:

“QuickBooks can’t read your payroll setup files. [Error PS033]”

Error PS033 is caused by a damaged file in the CPS folder.

The image as shown below is similar which appears on your desktop.


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Causes of QuickBooks Payroll Error PS033

Here are the common causes that may cause this QuickBooks Error PS033:

Note: If your Payroll subscription is deactivated, even then there is a possibility for the errors to occur.

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How to Fix QuickBooks Error Code PS033?

To resolve QuickBooks Payroll PS033 error, follow the below given steps:

Solution 1: Download the Latest payroll tax table

Downloading the latest payroll tax table - Screenshot 1
  • Choose the Employees > Get Payroll Updates.
  • Choose Download entire payroll update.
  • Select Update option.

Check if problem is resolved or not. If it is not resolved, then move to the next step.

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Solution 2: Rename the QuickBooks CPS folder

  • Locate the following location: C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks 20QQ\ Components\Payroll\CPS
  • QQ in the above step is for reference to the yearly edition such as 2018, 2017, 2016
  • Rename the CPS folder to CPSOLD and check whether the problem is solved or not.
  • Update Payroll Tax Table

Solution 3: Disable User Account Control (UAC)

It is applicable for UAC settings change (Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7)

After all the steps have been followed:

Turning off User Account Control (UAC) - Screenshot

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Solution 4: Reboot and troubleshoot in safe mode

Run Windows in Safe Mode - Screenshot

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Final Note!

I hope the above given information helped you in resolving the QuickBooks payroll update error PS033. However, If you find the issue still persists, you can try and seek the assistance from our QuickBooks experts through QuickBooks error support number i.e. 1-844-405-0907. Our experts will help you resolve the error.


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