Finance settings

To set global financial settings for new customers, to update existing customers or related to specific partner navigate to Config → Finance → Settings.

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The settings of Recurring/Prepaid (Custom)/Prepay billing, Receipt/Invoices/Proforma Invoice of the financial module can be configured here:

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In the right top corner of the page, you can select the partner for which you wish to change billing settings.


Settings of recurring billing

Recurring type of billing is set by default in Splynx global configuration

billing_settings

  • Billing Enabled - enables/disables billing for the customer;

  • Payment period - it can be prepay (from 1 to 12 months) or postpaid, which means that in prepay mode recurring invoices can be issued up to 12 months in advance and in postpaid mode invoices will be generated after services usage;

  • Payment method - select a payment method for recurring payments, such as Cash, Bank transfer, Credit card, Refill Card and others if installed and configured;

  • Billing day - day of the month when the customer will be charged and invoice will be generated. If the Use the customer creation date option is enabled - the billing day will be set to the day the customer was created (default value is 1st day of the month. The available values are from 1 to 28);

  • Payment due (days after billing day) - the last day customers have to make payments before getting blocked. For example, if we choose the 1st day of the month as the billing day and the 15th day of the month as the payment due day, invoices will be generated on the 1st day of the month and if customer don't make payments by the 15th day of the month, the customer will be blocked on the 16th day of the month. Even though the customer will have a blocked status, their services will still be accounted (default value is 15 days after billing day. The available values are from 1 to 28). From Splynx v4.0, the current option cannot be disabled in select menu, that solved the problem when the invoices with overdue status could be created from scratch ;

  • Blocking period (days after payment due) - allows to extend the period when customer will be blocked (by default the value is 0 days. The available values are Do not block and from 0 to 99 days). The option Do not block allows to disable customer blocking after Payment due date, if the option is enabled, the customer deactivation won't work as well;

  • Deactivation period (days after blocking) (Grace period) - the number of days after the customers' services will be disabled and the customer will be given an inactive status, after the customer has been blocked. For example, a default value is 10 days (can be set from 1 to 99 days or disabled as well), which means 10 days after the date when customer has been blocked, the customer's status will be automatically changed from blocked to inactive and service won't be accounted;

  • Minimum balance - defines the minimum amount of funds that must be available in the customer account balance at any time, even after the service charge, in order to avoid blocking. The default value is 0. This value can be changed to another according to your needs. The negative value (e.g. -50) is allowed to use as well;

Example

A minimum balance is the minimum amount of money that customer has to keep on their balance, maintaining a minimum balance will allow customer to avoid being blocked on the next day after Billing due. It means a customer balance cannot drop below the specified amount at any time during billing cycle.

For instance, a customer uses some Internet service (e.g. its price is R100) and has the next settings on Billing overview tab:

  • Billing day = 1;
  • Billing due = 15;

The recurring invoice will be auto generated on the 1st day of next month. And imagine that customer will pay R100 for the invoice on the same day.

If we have 0 (zero) value as a minimum balance requirement, a customer won't be blocked, because their balance will be equal to the set value. If customer balance becomes negative, customer will be blocked on the 16th day of the month.

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If we have 50 value as a minimum balance requirement, a customer need to pay R150 for the invoice to keep R50 on the balance to avoid blocking. If a customer has less than 50 on the balance, they will be blocked.

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If we have -50 value as a minimum balance requirement, a customer can pay only R50 for the invoice, because it's allowed to have a negative balance, but no less (-60, -70 etc.) than-50. Pay attention, if a customer pays R60, the account balance will be -40 that is acceptable value. Even if a customer pays the full price for the invoice, the account balance will be equal to 0 and, as a result, a zero value will be greater than allowed minimum balance.

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  • Send billing notifications - enables/disables sending of notifications about payments, invoices, overdue invoices etc;

  • Payment calendar - enables/disables payment calendars under the customer's Billing → Billing overview tab.

Billing Prepaid (Custom) settings

  • Issue invoice after payment - enables/disables the immediate creation of invoice for the full amount of payment after payment is received. All other invoices for prepaid customers will be disabled and all work will be performed with transactions;

  • Text of item - the text that will be added as a description of the service into the created invoice;

  • Tax - the tax value to be used with the created invoice and included in its total;

  • Auto associate payments to invoice (use this option only if Issue invoice after payment toggle is disabled) - enables/disables the auto linking payments to invoice (invoice number will be added to the payment) if the amount of payment is equal to the total sum of the invoice, only for Prepaid (Custom) billing type. For example, administrator created one-time invoice worth $30, if customer add to the balance $30, this payment will be linked with previously created invoice and the invoice will be considered as paid. If the payment amount is not equal to the total of the invoice, e.g the payment is only $15, it will be added to the customer's balance, with a sufficient amount of money on the balance, the invoice will be paid from it.

Billing prepay settings

Receipt settings

Receipt settings

  • Receipt number format - create a payment receipt number pattern here, the default is {year}-{type|2}-{next|5}. The next values can be used: {var|length} for the format; {type} - payment type, {customer_id}, {partner_id}, {location_id}, {rand_string}, {rand_number}, {year}, {month}, {day}, {next} for the variables.

Note: Finance format can be configured in Localization

Invoices settings

Invoices

  • Auto create invoices - with this option enabled invoices will be issued automatically after charging the customer using the Charge & Invoice button in the billing overview tab of the customer;

  • Auto pay invoices from account balance - enables/disables the automatic paying of service from the customer's account balance, the payment will be completed if there are enough funds on the balance. The option is deprecated in Splynx v3.2, Now, this option is always enabled by default for all customers;

  • Allow pay invoice from account balance (with negative account balance) - enables/disables the option to pay invoices from the customer's account balance when the customers balance is or will be with a negative amount of funds;

  • Invoice number format - you can set up an invoice number pattern here, the default is {year}{partner_id|2}{next|6}. The next values can be used: {var|length} for the format; {customer_id}, {partner_id}, {location_id}, {rand_string}, {rand_number}, {year}, {month}, {day}, {next} for the variables;

  • Invoice cache - enables/disables invoice caching on the system, with this option enabled, all changes made will be visible only in new invoices, old Invoices will remain without changes;

  • Force creating an invoice if a transaction with 'To Invoice' exists - enables/disables the creation of invoices from transactions with the Add to invoice option enabled;

  • Auto associate payments to invoice - enables/disables the auto linking payments to invoice (invoice number will be added to the payment) if the amount of payment is equal to the total sum in the invoice, only for Recurring billing type where an invoice is created first, and then a payment is received. If the amount of the payment does not match the amount of the invoice, the invoice will be paid (only if Auto pay invoices from account balance option is enabled in customer's profile) from the client's account balance.

Proforma Invoice settings

Proforma

These are the parameters for auto generating Proforma Invoices. In our billing system Proforma Invoices can be used as a request of payment in advance. For example, it can be created 1 month before the recurring payment, so you will see if the customer is able to pay the Proforma Invoice. When the proforma invoice is created, the customer’s balance doesn't changed. The main reason for this billing approach is to prevent the payment of VAT tax for non-paying customers. If the customer pays the amount specified in the Proforma Invoice PDF, the company can issue a tax Invoice thereafter.

  • Enable Auto Proforma Invoices - with this option enabled Proforma Invoices will be issued automatically;
  • Day of generating Auto Proforma Invoices - select the day of the month for automatic issuing of Proforma Invoices;
  • Payment period - select the period to generate proforma invoice for;
  • Create Proforma Invoices for - there are 2 options here: create proforma invoice for current month or for the next month;
  • Proforma Invoice number format - create a Proforma Invoice number pattern here, the default is {year}{next|6}. The next values can be used: {var|length} for the format; {customer_id}, {partner_id}, {location_id}, {rand_string}, {rand_number}, {year}, {month}, {day}, {next} for the variables.

Mass update of customers' billing settings

Using the mass update tool, billing settings can be configured for multiple amounts of customers at once instead of manually changing billing settings for each customer. Be very attentive when using this tool. Here are a few examples on how to use it:

Task 1: enable billing for the partner "Person" and for customers using the billing type = recurring:

After the billing option was disabled in Settings of recurring billing click on Update existing customers select the necessary values for partner, billing type and only one - Billing Enabled attribute and click on the Update button.

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Task 2 : change the billing day for all existing customers:

After the Billing day value was changed, select all partners, all billing types and only one - Billing day attribute and click on the Update button.

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