Does the accounting firm pay $19/month and offer it free to clients? or they get it free too?
Someone will always need to pay a subscription. Cloud edition is not for free. And it cannot be for free because it costs money to run.
The reason why we say businesses can get the cloud edition for free is if their accountant already has a subscription to the cloud edition, they can give their clients restricted access under their subscription.
Cloud edition allows a subscriber to set up unlimited businesses or users so it doesn’t cost extra if an accounting firm puts all their clients on it. Therefore an accounting firm wouldn’t need to charge their clients for it. But the accounting firm would still need to pay for their subscription to the cloud edition.