Sales invoices make demands for payment from customers for goods or services. They increase the balance of the customer’s subaccount in Accounts receivable and, therefore, are used when selling on credit. They do not record receipt of money, which must be handled by a second transaction, even if the customer pays immediately. In a double-entry accounting system like Manager, they also post income to appropriate revenue accounts and convert inventory costs from assets to expenses.
Before a sales invoice can be created, you must enable the Sales Invoices tab. Click Customize below the left navigation pane, check the box for Sales Invoices, and click Update below the list:
Manager offers four methods for creating sales invoices:
In the Sales Invoices tab, click on New Sales Invoice:
Complete the form:
Issue dateis prepopulated with today’s date.
Due datecan be entered, either as a calendar date or as a number of days after the issue date. If a
Due dateis not entered, Manager will automatically use the
Issue dateas the
Referenceis optional and may be used for internal or external sequences. If the box within the field is checked, Manager will number the transaction automatically. The program will search for the highest number among all existing sales invoices and add 1.
Customermust be selected in the dropdown box. Once a customer has been selected, two optional, related fields appear with dropdown selection menus containing transaction references relevant to that customer:
Quote numbercan be selected if a sales quote preceded the sales invoice. If the sales invoice is created by copying another form with a sales quote reference, that number will carry over automatically. This number links the sales invoice to the sales quote so quote status can be tracked.
Order numbercan be selected if a sales order preceded the sales invoice. If the sales invoice is created by copying another form with a sales order reference, that number will automatically populate this field. Linking the sales invoice to a sales order helps track sales order status.
Billing addressis filled automatically, but may be edited.
Descriptionof the overall invoice can be entered, if desired.
Itemand entering quantities. Or, they may be entered manually. Additional lines can be added 1, 5, 10, or 20 at a time.
Tax Codecan be selected for each line item.
Divisionfield appears any time an account is selected to which a division might apply.
Prices and amounts will be in the currency designated for the customer. Conversions of sales prices defined for inventory items in the base currency to foreign currencies are not performed automatically.
Inventory locationappears below the last line item when the first inventory item is added to the sales invoice:
Near the bottom of the screen are checkboxes for various options. Availability of some options depends on which tabs and features are enabled. Additional fields appear when some options are checked:
Line decriptionadds a Description field to each line item. Line descriptions are optional.
Discountis checked, further options appear for Percentage or Exact amount discounts. This selection governs the entire invoice, but discounts must be entered line item by line item.
Amounts are tax inclusive. If this box is checked, tax amounts are deducted from the unit price; otherwise they are added to the invoiced amount.
Deduct withholding taxand entering the Rate or Amount. This option is used only when your customers are required by law to withhold and pay tax at the source on your behalf.
Early payment discountcan be offered. Percentage or Exact amount discounts can be offered. The payment deadline is adjustable.
Late payment feescan be selected. These will initially be applied monthly on the same date of the following month as the issue date. If the following month is shorter than the current month, the late payment fee will be added on the last day of the following month, if necessary to keep it within the month. Subsequent late payment fees will then be shifted to the same date of succeeding months.
Total amount in wordscan be shown near the bottom of the invoice. (This feature is only available if the language preference is English.)
Total amount in [base currency]. This amount is also shown near the bottom of the completed form.
Hide due date. This would normally only be done if your practice is not to set due dates, and you want to suppress the automatic one. (The due date is not deleted, because Manager needs it for various functions. But it is not displayed on the sales invoice for the customer to see.)
Custom titlecan be entered, such as when local regulations require a sales invoice to be titled as a tax invoice.
Custom themecan be indicated.
Click Create to generate the finished sales invoice.
The following sales invoice uses many of the features described:
For repeat sales, an existing sales invoice can be duplicated by cloning. It will be identical to the source invoice, including the issue date. Only the reference number will be different if automatic sequencing is set under Form Defaults.
While viewing the existing sales invoice, click Clone, edit as required, and click Create:
If the Billable Time or Billable Expenses tabs are being used, sales invoices can be created from the Customers tab:
Drill down by clicking the blue balance in the
Uninvoiced column for a customer:
Select any uninvoiced billable time or billable expenses to be invoiced and click New Sales Invoice:
A sales invoice is created, which can be edited or added to. See this Guide for more information.
To create a sales invoice from any sales- or purchase-related transaction, click the Copy to button while viewing the source transaction and select New Sales Invoice from the menu:
If the customer was given a sales quote before goods or services were ordered, a sales invoice can be created directly from the sales quote without re-entering information. Necessary information is carried forward, including the quote number. Anything can be edited as needed.
If a sales order was created in response to a customer’s purchase order, a sales invoice can be created directly from it.
Sometimes, goods are delivered before a sales invoice is created, often because exact quantities are not know until delivery. In that case, a delivery note can be copied to a sales invoice.
If goods or services being invoiced to a customer were purchased from a supplier, and the supplier’s sales invoice was entered into Manager as a purchase invoice, a sales invoice can be created directly from the purchase invoice.
Of course, if a customer wishes to purchase the same thing as previously purchased, the older sales invoice can be copied to a new one, which will have the current issue date.