If you have subscribed for payroll services in QuickBooks, you might have encountered QuickBooks error 15276. A dialog box appears with a message written on it, “ Error 15276: The payroll update did not complete successfully. One of the files to be updated was in use and could not be replaced”. The issue takes place when you are unable to download the latest payroll tax table. To gather information on what causes the error 15276 in QuickBooks Desktop and how to debug the same, have a look at this blog in detail until the end.  
In case you cannot rectify the QuickBooks payroll update error 15276, dial 1-855-948-3646 and speak to one of our certified QuickBooks professionals for help.

What Evokes the Payroll Update Error 15276 in QuickBooks Desktop? 

Below are the reasons that due to which error 15276 arise- 
Note: You will encounter the error code only if you do not have an active subscription to the payroll services. 
1. If there is a payroll installation error, such as incomplete installation of the payroll tax table. 
2. A third-party application might be restricting you from updating the QuickBooks payroll. 

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How to Debug QuickBooks Desktop Error Code 15276?

This part of the blog explains how to debug the payroll update issue- 

SOLUTION 1: Enable Selective Startup Mode on your Windows Desktop

1. On your Windows desktop, press the ‘Windows + R’ keys on your keyboard to open the ‘Run’ command. 
2. Enter ‘MSConfig’ and hit ‘OK’. 
3. The system configuration window will appear, where you need to select the ‘General’ tab.
4. Once you click it, choose ‘Load system services’ and ‘Selective Startup’. 
5. Now, move to the ‘Services’ section and checkmark the ‘Hide all Microsoft Services’ checkbox. 
6. Hit the ‘Disable all’ option. 
7. Deselect ‘Hide all Microsoft Services’ and then checkmark the ‘Windows Installer’ checkbox on the services list. 
8. Tap ‘OK’ and then ‘Restart’. 
9. Once the issue is fixed, turn off ‘Selective Startup’ and enable the ‘Normal Startup’ mode. 

SOLUTION 2: Use Quick Fix my Program From the QuickBooks Tool Hub to Resolve the Error

1. Download the current version of QuickBooks Tool Hub.
2. Save the downloaded ‘QuickBooksToolHub.exe’ file to a location where you can access it quickly. 
3. Now, run the file to start the installation.
4. You must ensure to follow each and every step in order to complete the procedure entirely. 
5. Once done, open the Tool Hub by double-clicking on the icon. 
6. Move to the ‘Program Problems’ section and hit the ‘Quick Fix my Program’ tool. 
7. Let the tool scan for the problem and eliminate it. 
8. After the process completes, run your QuickBooks Desktop to access your company file. 
9. Now that you can open your data file, update the payroll tax table to the latest release. 
After going through the article, we hope you have been able to fix the QuickBooks Error 15276. The solutions we have mentioned here should work perfectly if you follow each step carefully. However, it is also possible that none of these solutions would debug the payroll update error due to other technical glitches. In that case, fix the problem by contacting our QuickBooks support, who are available 24*7 to help you via 1-855-948-3646.