How do I perform a credit on an existing invoice?

Every practice has to deal with clients returning a product for a refund and invoice mistakes which need invoice corrections. This article will explain how to use the credit invoice functionality to deal with these situations.

Before you start

To perform a return, refund or invoice correction on a product, an invoice for the product needs to already exist.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Go to the Client file and open the original invoice for the product you wish to return, refund or correct.
    Tip: if you are struggling to find the correct invoice, you can search for the product in the patient file, check which date it has set against it and then return to the client file and search for the invoice created around/on that date.
  2. Click on Credit Invoice.

  3. The date of this credit invoice will be set to today by default. You need permission to be able to edit the credit invoice date.

    The date cannot be changed to a date prior to the original invoice date.
  4. By default, your name will be entered in the field “Credited by”. You need permission to be able to edit the name in this field.
  5. Enter the reason for crediting the invoice. This field is required in order to proceed.

    Your reason will automatically be added in the “Reason For Credit” column for every credited product, as shown in the screenshot above. If necessary, it is possible to individually change the reason for credit per invoice line.

  6. Select the products that need to be credited by ticking the box in front of the product:
    Notes:
    – If a batch number and expiry date is on the original invoice this will be visible here but not editable.
    – It is possible to change the date per individual credit invoice detail line, but the date cannot be a date prior to the original invoice detail date.
  7. Check if the quantity that needs to be credited is correctly mentioned in the column “quantity”. Adjust if necessary.
    Note that you do not need to add a minus in front of the quantity.
    It is not possible to return more of the quantity that was on the original invoice.
  8. Untick the box under “Return to Stock” if you do not want to put the credited product back in stock again.
  9. Click Create Credit Invoice to immediately create the credit invoice.
    When you click Preview Invoice the credit invoice lines will be added to the tab “Uninvoiced”, where more products can be added and they can be invoiced later.
  10. Click on the correct payment option.
  11. Click Save.

Once you open the credit invoice that you have created, you will see mentioned that the invoice contains credit invoice lines from the original invoice:

More about this

Is it possible to credit the same product more than once?

It is possible to credit the same product within an original invoice again, but only if the total amount of the original quantity has not yet been credited.

Animana will remember how much of the original quantity has already been credited and will not allow you to credit more than the original total quantity, even if you are performing the credit multiple times (e.g. when 10 bags of food were sold and one at a time are being returned).

If the total quantity has been credited, then when the original invoice is opened and Credit Invoice is clicked, instead of seeing all the products being eligible forcredit, the one that has already been totally credited cannot be credited again.

What happens if I credit products with a fee?

If the original sales invoice contains products with a fee, please take this into account when crediting.

Example: 10 “Product X” have been sold (at £1.00 each), with a fee of Y (£0.50). The total amount is £10.50.

If all ten products X are credited simultaneously, the full amount will be credited (£10.50).

However, if a single Product X is credited, the product and the fee will be credited (£1.50).

The screenshots above have been taken in the “Uninvoiced” tab.

Please note: if the client in this example returns product X separately ten times in a row, he will receive a total of £15,- in return, while he only paid £10,50 for the original invoice!

So if you are crediting a product with a fee, and you want to credit the product but not the fee, do not click on Create Credit Invoice but on Preview Invoice and add an amount to the “Uninvoiced” tab to correct the fee.

All the columns explained

Here is an explanation of the available fields on the credit invoice screen.

Date (Invoice detail date) The date of the invoice detail.
Name: The name of the product as it was on the original invoice.
Batch The batch number when the product was originally added.
Expiry Date The expiry date of the batch number that was used when the product was originally added.
Quantity The quantity that is being returned/refunded or corrected.
Return to stock Check or uncheck this box if you want to return the item to stock or not.
Reason for Credit The reason why the item is being returned/refunded or corrected. Can be unique for each individual line or the general reason added above.
Price Ex The original price of the product Ex VAT (including the total fee).
Price Inc The original price of the product Inc VAT (including the total fee).
Discount The original discount applied to the sale of this product.
Amount The original total amount of the invoice detail line.
VAT The original VAT percentage used on the invoice detail.

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