Although we know perfectly well what an invoice is, its technical definition is "a document that reflects the delivery of a product or the provision of services, along with the due date and the amount to be paid in consideration." All invoices, regardless of the way in which they are sent (whether on paper or in electronic format), must include a series of mandatory fields. Article 6 of Royal Decree number 1496, Spanish law, which regulates the content of an invoice, establishes these fields as: Invoice number. Delivery date. Sender's and recipient's legal name. Sender's and recipient's Tax ID number. Sender's and recipient's legal address. Transaction description (tax base). Tax rate. Tax amount. Date of service (if different from the delivery date)
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. Even collections can be managed automatically, sending the corresponding overdue notices as certain pre_defined thresholds are reached. Furthermore, when companies employ this technology, they are motivated to digitalize other documents, thus achieving efficiency and savings in additional areas of the business. Control of taxes is also increased with electronic billing because it allows for greater control over tax compliance and simplifies the auditing process.
The decision was made to automate the invoice processing; to streamline the department and ultimately to be benchmarked as an exemplary AP process. The search began to find a solution that could meet their needs: integrate tightly with their ERP solution, be sufficiently flexible to mirror their processes and be easy for the AP team to use. "We chose to go with our final supplier because we felt they took the time to really investigate our process, work with us to design the most efficient system and were able to prove the seamless integration with our ERP system and had a very effective workflow solution."