Ninon Doucet Invoice Design September 18, 2018 13:21:04
Once the data has been captured from an invoice it has been successfully matched to a PO or it has been approved by the business it is posted automatically to the finance system for payment. Invoices can be retrieved from IMS at any stage the full audit trail and a history of the workflow determines exactly where in the process each invoice is. It is also possible to retrieve invoices directly from their ERP system due to the integration with IMS. The full audit trail is vital as they have to comply with Sarbanes Oxley legislation. The IMS solution is used to assist in this compliance with the audit trail providing a complete history of the lifecycle of each document.
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.
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!
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.
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."