Just about any company that generates commercial invoices can take advantage of invoice factoring. But is invoice factoring right for your business? It could be if your business is struggling to make ends meet because of long billing cycles, you're wasting time collecting down payments from slow paying clients, you're unable to take advantage of business opportunities due to lack of funds, or your business isn't financially strong enough to obtain traditional bank financing.
Another significant benefit of invoice factoring is the professional debt collection service provided by the factoring company. The factoring company is equipped to handle debt collections professionally and efficiently, leaving your staff to focus on core activities such as creating more sales. In addition, this will reduce your costs associated with processing invoices and handling collections costs. How Invoice Factoring Works Invoice factoring is a transaction in which you sell outstanding invoices for immediate cash, instead of waiting the typical 30 days for the invoices to be paid. You receive an up_front, lump_sum payment for your invoices that's slightly less than face value. The advance payment which can be provided within as little as 24 hours is typically 70 to 90 percent of the total invoice value.
Invoice example With GST & PST An invoice not only shows the customer or client how much money is due but provides tax information, in some countries multiple taxes may apply, for example in Canada it is required to put the Supplier's identification numbers for GST and QST taxes purposes. Whenever a taxable sale is made, the customer must be informed that GST and QST are added to the selling price. As there are no standard invoices required by law for this purpose, you must indicate the amount of the taxes on the cash register receipt; on the invoice or contract remitted to the customer. If you choose to indicate the GST and the QST, the amounts must be stated clearly.The European Union requires a VAT (value added tax) identification number on invoices between entities registered for VAT.