Set up and manage recurring purchase invoices

Recurring purchase invoices are useful if your business routinely purchases similar goods or services from suppliers at regular intervals. Once you have set them up, Manager will notify you they are ready to be created when they come due at the prescribed intervals. Recurring purchase invoices are often used for recording:

  • Subscription bills
  • Monthly service bills
  • Organizational memberships and dues
  • Rent due

Set up a recurring purchase invoice

There are two methods for setting up recurring purchase invoices.

First method

The first method for creating a new recurring purchase invoice is to go to the Settings tab and click Recurring Purchase Invoices:

Then click New Recurring Purchase Invoice:

Second method

The second method is to use the Copy to function while viewing an existing purchase invoice you want to make recurring:

For either method

Whichever way you begin, enter Next issue date to establish when the first recurring invoice will be created:

If desired, enter the number of days after the issue date of the optional Due Date. If nothing is entered, Manager will assign the issue date as the due date:

Select an Interval to control how often this recurring invoice will be created:

Select whether the recurring invoice will be good Until further notice or until a Custom date. If Custom is selected, a calendar date picker will appear:

Enter remaining information as if creating a regular purchase invoice and click Create. On the Recurring Purchase Invoices screen, Next issue date will be updated based on the selected Interval. Termination date (if set) will also be shown:

Recurring purchase invoices in Manager are templates from which actual purchase invoices will be generated later. Setting up a recurring purchase invoice does not affect your supplier balances, supplier statements, inventory, income, or expenses. In fact, while Manager will notify you recurring invoices are pending, it will not automatically generate them for you. This avoids problems if you need to edit an invoice before creating it or you forget to enter a service modification.

Generate invoices

When one or more recurring purchase invoices are due (or past due) to be issued, two notifications are provided. The first is a yellow counter window in the left navigation pane showing the number of recurring invoices for which invoices are pending (not the number of pending invoices, which could be higher if you have not kept up by creating invoices that are due):

The second notification occurs any time you go to the Purchase Invoices tab. You will see a yellow banner notice that at least one recurring invoice is pending:

Click on the yellow bar to review invoices to be generated. Select all pending recurring invoices by checking the top box. Or, select individual recurring invoices. Then click Batch Create:

The next recurring invoice for each selection will be immediately created under the Purchase Invoices tab. You can further Edit or View it without affecting future recurring invoices:

When you view an invoice directly in the Purchase Invoices tab, you are viewing it as a standard invoice, not a recurring invoice. Any changes you make to it will not affect the recurring purchase invoice defined in the Settings tab.

When you create an invoice from the recurring purchase invoice selection screen, only one invoice is created at a time. If more than one invoice is due from the same recurring invoice (because you fell behind), the date in the Next issue date column will change according to the interval defined for the recurring invoice. Selecting that recurring invoice and clicking Batch Create again will generate an additional standard invoice. Repeat this process until the recurring purchase invoice is grayed out on screen.

While you are selecting recurring invoices, you can also edit them. Click the Edit button to go to the recurring invoice definition screen.

Edits made during the selection process affect the recurring invoice itself, not the standard invoice you are generating from it. Therefore, all future purchase invoices created from the recurring purchase invoice will reflect the changes made during the editing process, including any invoice you create immediately. So, if you want to change only the current invoice you are creating, click Batch Create first and edit the resulting invoice in the Purchase Invoices tab.

Cancel a recurring invoice

When circumstances change, such as when you stop buying goods or services from a supplier, you may want to cancel future recurring invoices. Click Edit for the recurring invoice in Settings, then Delete:

The recurring invoice will be removed from the list and no new invoices will be created from it. Cancelled recurring invoices cannot be restored. They must be recreated from scratch.

Skip an invoice

If recurring invoices must be skipped, but routine invoicing will resume in the future, click Edit for the recurring invoice in Settings. Set a new Next issue date, then click Update to save the change.

Your supplier’s next recurring purchase invoice for monthly service should normally be generated on 10 July 2021:

But your store will close for holidays during that month, and you have instructed the supplier not to make the customary delivery. Therefore, no invoice should be issued on 10 July. Deliveries will resume after two months. The next invoice is expected on 10 September, so you edit the recurring purchase invoice in Settings and click Update:

You now see the next purchase invoice is due 10 September:

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