Optimize Your Invoice Matching Process with the Right Tools and Methods

 

Invoice matching

Astragraphia Document Solution - In the business world, the process of preparing invoices has become an integral part of company operational activities. To ensure accuracy and efficiency in financial reporting and cash flow management, it is important to understand the tools and methods used in preparing invoices in a company. Apart from that, companies must also know the processes, tools, and methods used to create invoices. Astragraphia Document Solution will help you choose the right approach between manual and automatic as follows:

Choosing the Right Approach: Manual vs Automatic Invoice Matching

1. Manual vs Automated Reconciliation and Matching

One of the first decisions you need to make when performing invoice reconciliation and matching is whether to do it manually or using an automated system. Manual reconciliation and matching require you to check each invoice line by line against the corresponding documents and records, which can be time-consuming, error-prone, and tedious. Automated reconciliation and matching use software or applications that can scan, capture, and compare invoice data with the relevant sources, and flag any mismatches or exceptions for further review. Automated reconciliation and matching can save you time, reduce errors, and improve compliance, but they may also require some initial setup, integration, and maintenance costs.

2. Data Quality and standardization

Another important factor that affects the performance of invoice reconciliation and matching is the quality and standardization of the data involved. Poor data quality can result from incomplete, inaccurate, inconsistent, or outdated information in the invoices or the related documents. Data standardization refers to the use of common formats, codes, and rules for representing and exchanging data across different systems and parties. To improve data quality and standardization, you can use tools and techniques such as data validation, data cleansing, data enrichment, data mapping, and data governance.

3. Matching Levels and Tolerances

Depending on the complexity and requirements of your invoice processing, you may need to perform different levels and tolerances of invoice reconciliation and matching. Matching levels refer to the number and type of documents that you need to compare with the invoice, such as two-way (invoice and purchase order), three-way (invoice, purchase order, and goods receipt), or four-way (invoice, purchase order, goods receipt, and contract). Matching tolerances refer to the acceptable variations or deviations between the invoice and the other documents, such as quantity, price, or tax differences. To determine the appropriate matching levels and tolerances, you can use tools and techniques such as business rules, policies, workflows, and approvals.

4. Exception Handling and Resolution

Even with the best tools and techniques, invoice reconciliation and matching may still encounter some exceptions or discrepancies that need to be handled and resolved. Exceptions can arise from various causes, such as data entry errors, duplicate invoices, unauthorized purchases, damaged goods, or late payments. To handle and resolve exceptions, you can use tools and techniques such as exception reports, alerts, notifications, escalations, and root cause analysis.

5. Performance Measurement and Improvement

Finally, to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of invoice reconciliation and matching, you need to measure and improve your performance on a regular basis. Performance measurement involves tracking and analyzing key indicators and metrics, such as reconciliation and matching rates, accuracy rates, error rates, cycle times, and costs. Performance improvement involves identifying and implementing best practices, recommendations, and solutions to enhance your invoice reconciliation and matching processes. To measure and improve your performance, you can use tools and techniques such as dashboards, scorecards, benchmarks, feedback, and audits.

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  • Adapted and processed from: https://www.linkedin.com/advice/3/what-some-tools-techniques-you-use-perform-invoice?trk=cq

 

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