Tallis Simon Invoice Design September 21, 2018 12:11:43
Although we know perfectly well what an invoice is its technical definition is "a document that reflects the delivery of a product or the provision of services along with the due date and the amount to be paid in consideration."
Invoices are just part of the picture that mirrors the companys image and business standing. A successful business will have a good template that has all the details. The important details are of the company the buyer and the shipment. There should be the logo and contact details of the company on the very top of an invoice. This should be followed by details of the buyer and the destination of the shipment. The details of the shipment should clearly outline what it consists of the quantities as well as the unit cost of each item. This should be followed by the cost of the purchase other costs any tax that has been included and lastly the total cost of the shipment.
When a line item such as the VAT number doesnt add up on an invoice the AP team will need to find the error and correct it manually to be able to process the invoice. This is very time consuming and can cause delays in paying the invoice. Investing in IMS can help to reduce the amount of time the discrepancy can take to rectify by flagging invoices that have any mistakes and making sure the invoice isnt processed until it has been corrected.
One of the key strengths of the automated invoice processing operation is the tight integration between their finance system and IMS. This is based on a transfer of Shared Reference Data that happens nightly that ensures each system contains the most up to date information e.g. PO numbers GL codes and new vendors.
Electronic invoices provide an important means of reducing the costs of processing sending distributing and maintaining invoices resulting in a simplification of administrative procedures and a considerable reduction in the amount of time and space consumed as the invoices are transmitted through telematic means accomplished by applying technical certification mechanisms (electronic signatures) which guarantee the basic elements required in any invoice (the authenticity of its origin and integrity of its content) and allow them to be maintained in digital format which affords immediate access to them at any given moment.
Electronic invoices encourage organizations to discontinue the use of paper invoices replacing them with a digital version of an electronically-generated tax document which has the same legal validity as the traditional version and preserves a faithful record of all commercial transactions. In this way the entire billing process can be administered electronically. However it is important to remember that amount of Value Added Tax must be included on every Invoice.