Although we provide an IIF file export from Zahara to QuickBooks, this format doesn’t support Tax code setting – essential for most businesses in the UK and Europe. As a result, we have found a useful utility called Business Importer that does a great job of importing Zahara supplier invoices. The steps required are below that include all of the initial one-off download and setup steps.


  • Download (and purchase) the Business Importer utility from this url: http://cloudbusinessllc.com/business-importer-for-quickbooks-desktop-pro/
  • Download our Mapping File here and save to your My Documents folder
  • In Zahara, go to Business > Settings > Integrations and change the type to “QuickBooks Desktop Excel”
  • Launch QuickBooks Desktop and login
  • Launch Business Importer ..
  • Allow the connection to your QuickBooks company
  • Export your invoices from Zahara – in exactly the same way as the IIF file export – select and click Export.
  • Now in Business Importer, click the Select File button as shown below and browse to the new Excel file from Zahara
  • Select Sheet1 and Bill on the other two drop downs.


Business Importer

  • Click Next
  • Now select the Load Mappings link and browse to your downloaded .Dat file

Load Mappings

  • Now click Next
  • Now click Import

If all goes to plan, your invoices will now be in place.


Things to remember: 

  • Your TaxCode in Zahara should be ‘S’ for Standard VAT (UK). We use the Code – not the Description
  • Your Nominal code Descriptions should match exactly with QuickBooks – we use the Description
  • If your invoice has a Product Code – we dynamically switch to Creating an Item in QuickBooks otherwise it will be an Expense
  • We havent added Zahara Projects into the Excel spreadsheet to represent Customer Jobs


Next Time

The next time you need to export / import, all you will need to do is:

  • Export invoices from Zahara
  • Launch Business Importer
  • Browse to the Excel file
  • Click Next, Next, Import