Tallis Simon Invoice Design September 25, 2018 15:09:36
Thank Them and Ask Them to Thank You - must be sincere Money is often a touchy subject so politeness about it is a good idea. Your clients are paying you money that theyve earned with blood sweat and tears so let them know you appreciate it. You should also invite them to contact you if they have any questions and more importantly make it clear that you appreciate their present (and future) business.
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.
One of the key strengths of the automated invoice processing operation is the tight integration between their finance system and IMS. This is based on a transfer of Shared Reference Data that happens nightly that ensures each system contains the most up to date information e.g. PO numbers GL codes and new vendors.
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.
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.
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.