La Verne Paillard Invoice Design September 26, 2018 09:40:04
Duplicate Invoices With so many invoices being sent to the AP department you are guaranteed to have a few duplicate invoices. Sometimes this could be someone trying to commit fraud but sometimes this could be a genuine mistake. A few common mistakes that can cause duplicate payments include typographical errors such as:
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.
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.
Another outcome is an increase in efficiency; the AP department can instantly find an invoice without having to waste time chasing the business users. With approximately 70% of the invoices now matching the PO immediately a considerable amount of invoices only require scanning after which the process is entirely automated. This efficiency has directly resulted in a reduction in the number of people required in the Accounts Payable department; before the system was installed the team consisted of 13 people and there have been reductions in headcount as the AP manager substantiates:
If you want a money transfer provide all the necessary information. Foreign transfers need more than your account number: in some countries you need your International Bank Account Number (IBAN) or a Bank Identifier Code (BIC). International transfers also double-charge you: the clients bank might charge you $20 and your own bank might charge you another $15 to accept the payment. Make it clear which of you will absorb these charges and talk it out with them. PayPal is another option but you still get charged a percentage of the transaction.
Invoices are just part of the picture that mirrors the companys image and business standing. A successful business will have a good template that has all the details. The important details are of the company the buyer and the shipment. There should be the logo and contact details of the company on the very top of an invoice. This should be followed by details of the buyer and the destination of the shipment. The details of the shipment should clearly outline what it consists of the quantities as well as the unit cost of each item. This should be followed by the cost of the purchase other costs any tax that has been included and lastly the total cost of the shipment.