By Natalii Bigot. Invoice. Published at Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 - 17:47:26 PM.
An electronic invoice (also called an e-invoice or e Bill) is the result of a billing method that doesn’t require a paper copy as a backup in order to demonstrate its authenticity. For this reason, an electronic invoice functions as a software-generated file, which compiles the information related to a commercial transaction, its payment and corresponding tax obligations.
So here are some general guidelines, best practices and examples that will help you make sure your invoices are up to specification. Their Details and Yours – must be complete This is basic stuff, but you can’t afford to forget it. In addition to the client’s address, make sure to include the name of the client’s contact person who handles your account! A company with three employees can figure out what you’re doing; but in big companies, invoices get misplaced, especially if there’s confusion over who belongs to which project.
Proforma invoices basically contain much of the same information as the formal quotation, and in many cases can be used in place of one. It should give the buyer as much information about the order as possible so arrangements can be made efficiently. The invoices inform the buyer and the appropriate import government authorities details of the future shipment; changes should not be made without the buyer’s consent.
Apart from your customers meeting qualifications, your invoices must also pass certain criteria. There can’t be any existing primary liens on your invoices, meaning no other company should have a claim on the payments once they arrive. This ensures that the company purchasing your invoices has a clear right to collect the funds in your place.
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.
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. Control of taxes is also increased with electronic billing because it allows for greater control over tax compliance and simplifies the auditing process.
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