La Verne Paillard Invoice Design September 30, 2018 00:32:47
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.
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:
Paper Invoices Many AP departments receive thousands and thousands of paper invoices per year which will need to be manually keyed into a finance system. This process is very slow inefficient and costly. It is very easy to lose or misplace important paper documents when handling them manually but with an automated invoice processing solution all documents can be stored electronically. The AP team will be able to retrieve invoices instantly meaning no more time will be wasted searching for invoices in filing cabinets or folders.
Electronic invoices contain all of the information required in a traditional paper invoice in an encrypted format including data on the sender and recipient such as their name and Tax ID number the date of the invoice the senders legal address the amount of the invoice and the percentage and amount of VAT among other information.
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.
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.