Lissette Boulanger Invoice Design September 17, 2018 17:52:22
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!
Invoice example With GST & PST An invoice not only shows the customer or client how much money is due but provides tax information in some countries multiple taxes may apply for example in Canada it is required to put the Suppliers identification numbers for GST and QST taxes purposes. Whenever a taxable sale is made the customer must be informed that GST and QST are added to the selling price. As there are no standard invoices required by law for this purpose you must indicate the amount of the taxes on the cash register receipt; on the invoice or contract remitted to the customer. If you choose to indicate the GST and the QST the amounts must be stated clearly.The European Union requires a VAT (value added tax) identification number on invoices between entities registered for VAT.
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:
When a buyer asks for a quotation the seller should always provide a pro-forma invoice. A pro-forma invoice is an invoice sent in advance of the commercial invoice which is the final bill that the buyer agrees to pay. Some of the advantages of pro-forma invoice to the importer include to show to his government for foreign currency allocation opening letters of credit and most importantly to have a detailed information on the transaction that can help him plan. An accurate and professionally submitted pro forma-invoice can help buyers to make a decision and agree to the quotation.
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.
This company is one of the largest drinks companies in Europe formed in April 2004. They are part of the largest wine company in the world and a leading producer and exporter of wine from the USA Australia and New Zealand. The company has a strong portfolio of brands from the wine cider fortified wine wine-style drinks and bottled water categories. Their Accounts Payable (AP) department consisted of 13 people processing in the region of 180000 invoices per year from suppliers across Europe. Invoices need to be approved by 250 individuals from 3 offices in the UK 11 depots and 2 manufacturing plants in addition to users in mainland Europe.