Electronic invoices provide an important means of reducing the costs of processing, sending, distributing and maintaining invoices, resulting in a simplification of administrative procedures and a considerable reduction in the amount of time and space consumed, as the invoices are transmitted through telematic means, accomplished by applying technical certification mechanisms (electronic signatures), which guarantee the basic elements required in any invoice (the authenticity of its origin and integrity of its content) and allow them to be maintained in digital format, which affords immediate access to them at any given moment.
As long you are looking for something online, you have to be prepared to face some hurdles. There are numerous hurdles that you will encounter and the top on the list are scams. Although you may find an invoice format or template that you think is good, you may be made to pay a lot of money for it. It is thus important to look for trustworthy sites that will not use up a huge chunk of the company funds. One such site is the Microsoft site. The site offers businesses different templates for all the forms and documents needed to keep a company running. It is also the best place to find an invoice example, which will look perfect and above all official and professional. The following are a few types of Microsoft Word and Excel invoice example I had developed which you can download and use freely from my blog link at the bottom of this article.
There are certain pieces of information that have to be on your invoices if you are charging GST, HST and/or PST. Your invoice must include: â€¢ your business name â€¢ the date of the invoice â€¢ your Business Number (also known as the GST Registration Number) â€¢ the purchaser's name â€¢ a brief description of the goods or services performed â€¢ the total amount paid or payable â€¢ the terms of payment â€¢ an indication of items subject to GST at 5% or HST at the appropriate provincial rate, or that the items are exempt, and either the total amount of GST/HST charged, or a statement that the GST/HST is included and the total rate of tax â€¢ if applicable, an indication of items subject to PST (also known as RST) at the provincial rate, or that the items are exempt, and either the total amount of PST charged, or a statement that the PST is included and the total rate of tax.