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Invoices (receipt, invoice, vat) help.

Hi everyone,My apologies for not posting for a while, I have been really busy.The issue I have just come across is incoice/receipts.So we issue a quote to a customer and they accept.We then take a deposit payment to cover material cost and give them a receipt for the payment which clearly states the amount paid, date etc.We then complete the work and issue another receipt in the same style.Our question is VAT Invoices... how does this work?Do we simply add a VAT section onto our NCR Pads and issue them instead of receipts?What should they include?

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  • Thanks for the input guys!

    After spending most of the day on the web looking into this it seems that QB Online is going to meet our needs.

    Thanks again!
    • PRO
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      • Thanks,
        I have now set up a QB Account and looking to personalise it to meet our needs.

        Just a little quotation.. when you create a new estimate is there a way of putting the deposit amount on there?

        Example:
        Total Cost: £1000
        Deposit: £250
        Balance: £750

        It currently only shows the total...
        • PRO

          Thinking it through, not sure you would show deposit/money held on account against an Estimate (..and do you really mean an Estimate, not a Quote) ?

          You would either invoice for 25% deposit (say) or issue a Sales Receipt for monies received.

          A Statement of Account would show the total picture.

          • Hi Gary,

            It is a quote we would like to issue not an estimate. We currently issue quotes using a paper NCR Pad and would like to try and mimic that style but having issues haha.

            So just to try and make it simpler for us would you simply supply a quote with the TOTAL COST only then state to the customer that should they accept a deposit of XYZ would be invoice prior to the work commencing?

            • PRO

              Yes, that's how I would do it - they may ask for an Invoice (for the deposit) to pay against and especially be true if commercial, or they make a payment then would be good practice to issue a Receipt.

              So much depends on the Client, but Trading Standards do guide Traders to issue full audit trails.

              • Morning Gary,
                Thanks for the tips... our plan is to now:

                Issue a quote with full amount of the work costs (materials & labour) with a foot note stating that a materials deposit will be invoices on acceptance of the quote and the remaining balance (labour costs) will be invoiced once work has completed.

                Does this sound acceptable to you?
  • PRO

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