Maree Humbert Invoice Design September 01, 2018 15:49:25
Paper invoices entering the AP department are now scanned into the IMS (Invoice Management Solution) system. Using Automated Data Capture technologies the header information such as invoice total supplier name etc is automatically read from the invoice. The integration between IMS and the ERP then enables this data to be populated directly to register the invoice in the financial system with minimal manual data entry required. If IMS does not recognise the vendor workflow automatically sends this as a query to the business user who can then select whether this is a new vendor to be set up in the ERP or is just a one-off vendor. The integration between IMS and the ERP triggers the creation of the appropriate vendor. This ensures that delays are not created with unknown vendors and speeds up the process of adding new vendors to the finance system.
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."
A generic invoice should contain: The word "invoice" A unique reference number (in case of correspondence about the invoice) Date of the invoice Name and contact details of the seller Tax or company registration details of seller (if relevant) Name and contact details of the buyer/ customer - Purchasers name or firm name Date that the product was sent or delivered or the service or services renderedor the work that was done. Purchase order number (or similar tracking numbers requested by the buyer to be mentioned on the invoice) Description of the product(s) -(sales invoice) or of the services ( service invoice) Unit price(s) of the product(s) (if relevant) Total amount charged (optionally with breakdown of taxes if relevant) Payment terms (including method of payment date of payment and details about charges late payment) Discounttotal before discountand total after discount. (if relevant) Taxtotal before taxand total after tax. (if relevant) Shipping details if different from buyer details.The US Defense Logistics Agency requires an employer identification number on invoices.
Invoice example With GST & PST An invoice not only shows the customer or client how much money is due but provides tax information in some countries multiple taxes may apply for example in Canada it is required to put the Suppliers identification numbers for GST and QST taxes purposes. Whenever a taxable sale is made the customer must be informed that GST and QST are added to the selling price. As there are no standard invoices required by law for this purpose you must indicate the amount of the taxes on the cash register receipt; on the invoice or contract remitted to the customer. If you choose to indicate the GST and the QST the amounts must be stated clearly.The European Union requires a VAT (value added tax) identification number on invoices between entities registered for VAT.
Include Your Terms - must be clear When do you expect the client to pay you? What happens if they miss the deadline? To be able to send follow-up or overdue notices or to charge interest you need a rock-solid paper trail that no one can argue with. Let Them Know How to Pay You - must be easy Do you want a cheque mailed to you a money transfer flowers? Be explicitly clear about what you expect and in what form. It is usually best to discuss with the client beforehand their preferred method or to come to an agreement about a method you both like.
The new invoice processing solution has considerably automated the AP department this is resulting in an increase in control over the process. At the end of each month the ERP system produces an AP Log report that lists all the invoices that are with the business users. It is expected that the slicker and faster process will lead to a considerable reduction in the number of items on this log.