Lorraina Quere Invoice Design September 26, 2018 16:43:15
An electronic invoice (also called an e-invoice or eBill) is the result of a billing method that doesnt require a paper copy as a backup in order to demonstrate its authenticity. For this reason an electronic invoice functions as a software-generated file which compiles the information related to a commercial transaction its payment and corresponding tax obligations.
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.
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.
Another outcome is an increase in efficiency; the AP department can instantly find an invoice without having to waste time chasing the business users. With approximately 70% of the invoices now matching the PO immediately a considerable amount of invoices only require scanning after which the process is entirely automated. This efficiency has directly resulted in a reduction in the number of people required in the Accounts Payable department; before the system was installed the team consisted of 13 people and there have been reductions in headcount as the AP manager substantiates:
Missing or Incorrect Line Data Incorrect or missing line data can include incorrect numbers or the wrong price on the invoice. This can cause a lot of problems for the AP team as they would need to solve this discrepancy before the invoice gets paid. Correcting the problem on these invoices manually will be very time consuming for AP staff as they will need to find out where the mistake is and what the correct data should be.
Non-PO related invoices need to be coded and approved by the original procurer. Previously this was an entirely manual process with each invoice being posted via the internal mail from AP to the individual who codes the invoice then returned to AP then sent out to the procurer of the goods to authorise This process was not only time consuming but fraught with errors and the risk of invoices getting lost.