SmartVault Scan to QuickBooks – When you need to know, go to the source

SmartVault Scan to QuickBooks – When you need to know, go to the source

One of the biggest challenges in business bookkeeping is keeping track of the paper documents and items which back up the data in the accounting system.  If you’ve ever had to produce an expense report, or provide a receipt for a business purchase, you know what I’m talking about.  That piece of paper is the supporting information for a financial transaction, proof that the entry in the books matches what was actually done.  This is what is referred to as the “source” document, and it’s pretty important to keep around, especially in the event of an audit.

Keeping track of paper receipts, bills and other documents which support bookkeeping or accounting transactions can be quite a challenge for any business.  In many cases, notes are made in journal entries or in transaction descriptions identifying source documents, but finding the document then becomes an adventure in the paper filing system where you hope the paper you’re looking for is actually in the file referenced.  Just the time it takes to organize, store and then later find those documents makes the whole process inefficient, time-consuming, and costly.

What makes sense for many businesses is to attach those source documents right to the transaction in the accounting system.  When the accounting was manual, it was easy to do this – simply paperclip the invoice or receipt to the page with the journal entry.  In the world of electronic information and computerized accounting software, the process is a bit different, but not much if you use SmartVault and QuickBooks together.

One of the best features of SmartVault, an online document storage and secure file sharing solution, is the integration it offers with QuickBooks financial software.  Using SmartVault and QuickBooks together, business owners and the bookkeepers and accountants who support them are able to easily and efficiently manage source accounting documents, connect them to transactions in the accounting system, and retrieve them at any later date required.  The process of connecting the source document to the transaction in QuickBooks is the easiest thing to do, too, because you simply use the familiar paperclip to hook the two items together which ultimately deliver an integrated QuickBooks document management solution.

When working in QuickBooks, the SmartVault toolbar is visible on the screen.  Operators who need to make entries in the financial system are able to attach source documents right to the transaction using the SmartVault,toolbar – the user simply clicks on the paperclip icon on the toolbar to scan, browse or drag and drop files onto the toolbar and into SmartVault. The source document is now attached to that specific QuickBooks transaction – later, when a user views the QuickBooks entry, clicking on the folder icon on the toolbar will display the attached document, providing instant access to the supporting documentation for the entry and a built-in audit trail.  Users can even scan documents as they make the QuickBooks entries, because SmartVault can grab the image from vault folders or directly from the SmartVault Inbox.  This gives users scan to cloud functionality and makes scanning, naming and saving documents much easier, and eliminates the need for the user to have computer skills required for storing, organizing, and finding documents on their PC before they can be put into SmartVault.

Considering the volume and variety of paper documents that most businesses deal with, having a simple and fool-proof means to keep important financial documents available is critical.  Even more, having those source accounting documents readily available and viewable right from the accounting software becomes an essential element to making sure you have the right information, and the back up to support it, in your accounting and bookkeeping systems.

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Joanie Mann Bunny FeetJ

About Joanie Mann

Joanie Mann is a recognized authority in the areas of ISV cloud enablement and ASP service delivery, and consults with application and platform hosting companies worldwide. Her extensive work with accounting professionals worldwide has also positioned her as an expert consultant and adviser to professional practitioners seeking to leverage cloud accounting solutions, web-based applications and Internet technologies in their firms and with their clients. Author of Cloud Hosting Explained for Normal People (available on Amazon Kindle) Principal consultant at Cooper Mann Consulting CooperMann.com @JoanieMann on twitter
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