Madeleina Desbois Invoice Design October 16, 2018 23:57:26
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.
Your invoice should be prompt so that you can get paid by your clients on time while invoicing is not a fun task its a necessary one: by keeping clients informed of your expectations you will get paid punctually and reinforce your professionalism. After going over some best practices for creating invoices I will review some great (and not so great) invoicing practices so that you can spend less time creating invoices and more time doing the things you love!
When a buyer asks for a quotation the seller should always provide a pro-forma invoice. A pro-forma invoice is an invoice sent in advance of the commercial invoice which is the final bill that the buyer agrees to pay. Some of the advantages of pro-forma invoice to the importer include to show to his government for foreign currency allocation opening letters of credit and most importantly to have a detailed information on the transaction that can help him plan. An accurate and professionally submitted pro forma-invoice can help buyers to make a decision and agree to the quotation.
All invoices regardless of the way in which they are sent (whether on paper or in electronic format) must include a series of mandatory fields. Article 6 of Royal Decree number 1496/2003 Spanish law which regulates the content of an invoice establishes these fields as:
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.
The recent publication of Ministerial Mandate number EHA/962/2007 defines the elements necessary for converting paper invoices into their electronic equivalent establishing that the digitalization process must guarantee that the result is a faithful reproduction of the original paper document and that the digitalization device (scanner) must produce the image along with a Qualified Electronic Signature (as defined in Directive number 1999/93). The process through which this is accomplished is designated as "Certified Digitalization."