Eleonore Simonin Invoice Design October 17, 2018 09:51:15
an indication of items subject to GST at 5% or HST at the appropriate provincial rate or that the items are exempt and either the total amount of GST/HST charged or a statement that the GST/HST is included and the total rate of tax if applicable an indication of items subject to PST (also known as RST) at the provincial rate or that the items are exempt and either the total amount of PST charged or a statement that the PST is included and the total rate of tax.
Their Details and Yours - must be complete This is basic stuff but you cant afford to forget it. In addition to the clients address make sure to include the name of the clients contact person who handles your account! A company with three employees can figure out what youre doing; but in big companies invoices get misplaced especially if theres confusion over who belongs to which project.
Numbers and Numbers and Records and Books - must be trackable Referring to "invoice #9048" rather than "That invoice I sent you last month I think on a Tuesday" is much easier to track for both you and your client. Assign numbers to your invoices systematically consistently and chronologically. Some people number their invoices by year (for example 2009043 would be the 43rd invoice of 2009). You could also specify a code for the project. For example ABC06 would be the 6th invoice for the ABC project that youre currently working on. Having an invoice and project numbering system keeps everything in line.
Automating as many processes as possible through an integrated solution which optimally manages these tasks results in a directly proportionate decrease in opportunities for human error while increasing the opportunities for savings and improved efficiency. Even collections can be managed automatically sending the corresponding overdue notices as certain pre-defined thresholds are reached.
These mistakes can lead to higher costs within the AP department and the company as a whole but investing in an Invoice Management Solution could help to reduce the amount of time manually keying information into the finance system; as well as significantly lowering the amount of duplicate invoices that dont get noticed.
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.