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Workpapers Document Manager

QuickBooks Online Accountant includes a new tab and feature named "Documents". The Documents tab of Workpapers is a convenient access point that allows accountants and bookkeepers to streamline their workflow.

Accounting professionals now have an unlimited cloud-based file storage option which can house the entire range of the client engagement. Users can utilize this section to collect, store, and collaborate with firm members on important documents that lead up to the clients’ fiscal year end.

  1. Log-in to QuickBooks Online Accountant.
  2. Select the client file you wish to work on from the client dashboard.
  3. Select Workpapers from the Accountant Tools section or under the Books-to-Tax section of the left navigation menu.
  4. Select the Documents tab.
  5. Document carry forward is currently unavailable so it is important to select the tax year you wish to work on, as all the documents you attach will be added to the respective tax year. Files can be added for tax year 2015 to the current tax year.

The Documents tab contains the following sections:

General: This tab allows for full customization - users can add their own custom folders and associated folder names. Quickly copy your folders from other clients to your current client with no need to recreate folders each time you set up a new client.

Accounts: This tab mimics the chart of accounts and is specifically designed to mirror the accounts you have already created in your clients file. This ensures your documents are always up-to-date.

Note: Folders and files added to the General section are automatically arranged in alphabetical order.

  1. Select the General tab.
  2. Select the +Add new folder option.
  3. Enter a name for the new folder and select Save. The new folder displays in the folder list.

Sub folders can be added to existing folders to improve organization of files.

  1. Select the folder you want to add a sub-folder to.
  2. Select Create sub folder from the Add dropdown menu.
  3. Name the sub folder.
  4. Select Save.

 The new sub folder displays in the folder.

Workpapers Document Manager supports several file types:

  • PDF
  • Excel (XLS, XLSX)
  • JPG
  • PNG
  • GIF
  • PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX)
  • TXT

 Each file type is represented by a unique colour in the Document Manager for quick reference. The file capacity is a maximum of 300 MB per file. Larger files cannot be attached.

  1. Select the folder to attach files to.
  2. Select Add from the right dropdown menu.
  3. Select the files to attach and select Open. The file attaches to the folder.

 Tip: You can drag-and-drop multiple files directly from your computer to a folder.

You can verify that the document is present by clicking on the Account tab.
If you added the supporting document to the wrong account you can quickly amend it by dragging and dropping the document to the correct folder.

Renaming a file

Users can rename a file after it has been attached to a folder.

  1. Select the individual file to rename.
  2. Select Rename from the Download drop-down menu and select Rename.
  3. Rename the file as required.
  4. On your keyboard, press Enter to save the new name.

This feature allows you to mark a folder to carry forward files from one year's engagement to the next. It automatically pull the files and settings to the next tax year.

You can choose to mark or unmark a folder for Carry forward by clicking the drop down menu under Actions.

To carry forward the data:

  1. Select the current tax year.
  2. Select Tools, then Carry forward data from previous year

This pulls all data and settings from previous tax years folders marked for Carry forward. This process can take about ten minutes to complete. Feel free to jump to another section and it'll continue to process in the background. You'll receive a notification once the process completes.

Note:This process pulls all folders marked for Carry forward.

You can download a folder or file from the Documents tab to a different location. Learn more about downloading a .zip file in Workpapers.

Download a folder

  1. Select the folder you want to download.
  2. Select Download folder from the Add dropdown menu. The folder and any sub folders contained within it downloads to your computer as a .zip file.

Download a file

  1. Select the file you want to download.
  2. Select Download from the Download drop-down menu. The file downloads to your computer.


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