SmartVault for Guest Users

Overview

Guests are individuals with whom a SmartVault user wants to share documents. Guests can upload and access files through the SmartVault portal, inbox, and mobile app.  

Typically, an accountant or document preparer invites their clients to access important documents in SmartVault as a Guest user. This ensures that each client can securely access their own tax forms or other documents in their vault.

  Note

As a Guest user, you can only upload and download files into the specific folders you have been granted access.

Getting Started with the New Guest View

Activating your Guest Account

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To activate your guest account and access SmartVault, you must have your account administrator invite you. If you have not received an invitation email, reach out to your account administrator and ask them to invite you.

  1. Open your activation email from SmartVault.
  2. Click SmartVault Activation Link.
  3. Enter your phone number and password.

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    The rest of your information is already entered by default.

  4. Click Create My User

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Signing In to SmartVault as a Guest

  1. Go to my.smartvault.com.
  2. Enter your email address and password you used to activate your guest account.
  3. Click Sign In

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      Note

    If you have forgotten your password, click Can't sign in?

Uploading Files to SmartVault

  1. Log in to your SmartVault account.
  2. Select Files and Folders. Files_and_Folders.png
  3. Click on the folder with your name or company name, referred to as a Vault within SmartVault. Vault.png
  4. Navigate to the folder where you would like to upload your files.

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    In this example, we are uploading a 2020 W-2 form requested by your CPA into the Client Source Documents folder.

  5. Click the tax year folder TY20.

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  6. Click the Client Source Documents folder.Client_Source_Documents_folder.png
  7. Click Upload file.Client_Source_Documents_upload_file.png
  8. Click Upload a file to browse for the file or drag and drop it into the window. Upload_a_file_.png
  9. Click Save file. A confirmation message appears. 
  10. Click the x to close the message.

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Your accountant will automatically receive a notification whenever you upload files to your folder, so you don't have to let them know. 

Downloading Files from SmartVault

  1. Log in to your SmartVault account.
  2. Select Files and Folders. Files_and_Folders.png
  3. Click on the folder with your name or company name, referred to as a Vault within SmartVault. Vault.png
  4. Navigate to the folder containing the files you want to download.

      Note

    In this example, we are downloading a 2020 tax return that your CPA has sent.

  5. Click the tax year folder TY20.

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  6. Click the tax return PDF to view it in the browser.

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  7. Click Back to close the preview window.

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  Tip

Attached to this article, you can find a one-pager outlining the updates and changes to the Guest View. Share this material with your clients to offer a simple and easy understanding of the new Guest View process and experience.

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