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Sales Invoice

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Sales invoice window allows to issue and manage customer's invoices.

Sales Invoice is an itemized statement of goods or services provided to a business partner. It indicates the quantity and price of each product delivered.

Sales Invoice window allows to browse information about all sales invoices registered in the system and manually create new invoice documents. It is useful if execution of some specific scenario is required that is not managed by automatic invoice generation processes like Generate Invoices or Create Invoices from Orders.

The sales revenues can be recognized as soon as the sales invoice is accounted, however if a revenue deferred plan is configured it is possible to deferred the revenue recognition as required.


Customer invoices can be registered, booked and managed in the header section of the sales invoice window.

Header lists main terms and conditions related to the sales invoice that will be used in the heading of its printed copy and further in its collection process.

In majority of the cases main (and the only) field needed to create a new sales invoice document is the Business Partner field. All other fields will be pre-filled automatically based on the selected Business Partner, logged in User preferences and other system default parameters.


Some other fields to note are:

There are 3 ways of entering lines into the sales invoice, two from the invoice header and the last one from the Lines tab:

  1. Selecting products from pending to be invoiced orders or shipments (meeting Invoice Term criteria of the Sales Order) using the Create Lines From button. This option can be used several times to group several orders and / or shipments in one invoice. This is a most common approach.
  2. Copying all products from the chosen invoice selected in the history of all invoices for different business partners using the Copy Lines button.
  3. Manually, line by line in the Lines tab. This option is used if the underlying document (Sales Order or Shipment) does not exist in the system prior invoicing takes place.

The Complete button finishes the creation of the invoice document with the fulfillment of the Payment Plan tab and the Payment Monitor section in the Header. If there are non-stockable BOM products in the lines and they have not been exploded, the Complete button will explode them automatically.

Once completed a sales invoice can be:


Once the sales invoice header has been properly filled in and saved each sales invoice line can be registered in this tab one by one.

Lines lists each product to be delivered and its characteristics.


Fields to note:

As already mentioned sales revenue can be deferred therefore they are not recognized at the sales accounting date but within a given number of accounting periods.
When a sales invoice line is created, it is possible to define at line level, whether the line is going to cause the revenue to be deferred. The relevant fields are:

These fields can be defaulted if configured for the product.
If a revenue plan is configured that implies a specific sales invoice accounting

Explode button is shown when selecting a line with a non-stockable BOM product and the product is not already exploded. When exploding a product, the bill of materials components the selected product consists of are shown in the invoice. Once you have exploded it, you cannot comprime it. You should delete all the lines (first bill of materials components and then the BOM product), and insert again the non-stockable BOM product.

Line Tax

Line tax information is automatically populated for each sales invoice line upon completion of the invoice.

Line Tax read-only tab details taxes information for each line of a sales invoice based on its Tax field which is automatically pre-filled according to the Taxes Setup.


Summarized sales invoice tax related information is shown in this tab.

Summarizes tax related information for the whole sales invoice. Contains as many records as tax rates used in the invoice.

Basic Discounts

This tab lists information about the discounts automatically applied based on the customer configuration and / or manually entered for the sales invoice.

Lists information about discounts automatically applied and / or manually entered for the document.

Payment Plan

The payment plan tab lists the scheduled payments expected against the invoice.

The payment plan of a non paid invoice can be changed:

For more details please review the Invoice's Payment Plan article.

Payment Details

This tab displays the details of the payments made against the invoice.

Reversed Invoices

This tabs allows the user to select the invoices (if any) being reversed by the invoice being created. When the user voids an existing invoice the reverse invoice is automatically created by Openbravo and linked to the original invoice being reversed. In case of creating a Credit Memo or Reverse Sales Invoice which partially voids an existing invoice/s, the user must manually select the invoice/s being reversed in this tab.

Exchange rates

The exchange rate tab allows to enter an exchange rate between the organization's general ledger currency and the currency of the customer's invoice to be used while posting the invoice to the ledger.

Openbravo allows to manage different currencies within an organization or business unit.

Nowadays, it is very common for the organizations located in a country to make business with third parties located abroad, and even more, it could also happen that an organization needs to post the transactions to general ledgers configured in different currencies.
To learn more visit General Ledger Configuration.

Above described business scenario, implies the need of managing exchange rates between the organization's general ledger/s currency and the customer's invoice currency to be used while posting the customer's invoice to the ledger/s.

This tab allows you to enter:

Additionally, Openbravo has a "central" repository of exchange rates which are used in case there is no an exchange rate defined at document level.


Payments can be received against a sales invoice by using the Add Payment button which opens the Add Payment window.


All fields of the Add Payment window are automatically populated from the Invoice. The "Transaction Type" field is also defaulted to "Invoices".

The "Expected Payment", the "Actual Payment" and the "Amount" fields get the same value which is the grand total of the invoice (Total Gross Amount).

Other important fields to note are:

Adding Order/Invoice

If the "Add Payment" window is opened from a "Sales Invoice", all invoice scheduled payments are selected by default if there are more that one.

Besides that the "Expected Payment" amount and the "Actual Payment" amount are set as equal as the (Invoice) "Amount", and the "Transaction Type" field is set to "Invoices".

The reason for the above is that Openbravo understands that the invoice is going to be fully paid, but obviously that could not be the case. Therefore the most common field to change is the Actual Payment received from the customer:

Adding G/L items

GL Items section allows to enter any type of expense related to the payment but do not included in the invoice, by clicking on [Add New] .
First thing to do is to select the G/L item for the expense and then enter the expense amount in the field "Received In" as shown in the image below:


Once done,

Reviewing the totals and processing the payment

As already mentioned, "Totals" section allows to review:


And also, "Totals" section allows to process a payment by selecting an option in the field "Action Regarding Document".

The number of options above depends on the setup of the payment method:

Finally any of these actions updates Payment Monitor section of the Invoice Header. The Paid amount is also reflected in the Payment Plan tab of the Sales Invoice (and the Sales Order if it exists). Details of the payment can be found in the Payment Details tab.

Credit Payment

Whenever there is available credit for a customer a new window is automatically open upon completion of a new customers's sales invoice in order to allow the user to either select the credit available to pay that new invoice or not. .
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Moreover it is also possible to use the available credit generated for that particular customer later on while "Adding a Payment" for that customer.
If that is the case a new section is shown in the "Add Payment" window, that is "Credit to Use" section. See image below:


"Credit to Use" section shows all credit payments created for a given customer (if more than one), therefore it is possible to select one or more, and even change the credit amount to be used for the payment, in the field "Payment Amount".

Once the payment is processed, a new payment is created in the Payment In window. That payment states at the very top the "Used Credit" amount.

Payments in multiple currencies

Openbravo allows to receive payments in a different currency than the financial account currency.

For getting that working the payment method assigned to the financial account used to receive the payment needs to be configured to allow so, that implies to select the check-box "Receive Payments in Multiple Currencies".

Let's take for instance an organization such as "F&B US Inc".
This organization is located in USA, therefore it is likely that the organization's general ledger currency as well as the financial account currency is set as USD.

F&B US Inc makes business with a customer located abroad. This customer requires to pay the invoice/s issued to it in EUR currency. This means that:

If the customer's payment is registered in the "Add Payment" window shown from this "Sales Invoice" window, Openbravo allows to enter an exchange rate therefore the "Actual Converted" amount to be paid in EUR can be changed if required.



Accounting information related to the sales invoice

For more details please review the accounting article.

A sales invoice can be posted to the ledger when required at a given "Accounting Date" by using the button "Post".

Sales Invoice posting creates the following accounting entries

Posting record date: Accounting Date.

Account Debit Credit Comment
Customer Receivable Total Gross Amount One per Payment Plan Line (TB verified)
Discount Product Revenue Discount Amount One per Invoice Line (if discount exists)
Product Revenue Line Net Amount One per Invoice Line
Tax Due Tax Amount One per Tax Line.

Same way, a Sales Invoice including a sales invoice line with a revenue plan configured creates the following accounting entries.
For instance a food and beverage distributor selling and invoicing a product that it will only be able to deliver to their customers in 3 months would want to deferred the revenue recognition till the delivery.

Posting record date: Accounting Date:

Account Debit Credit Comment
Customer Receivables Total Gross Amount
Product Deferred Revenue Line Net Amount
Tax Due Tax Amount

Posting record date: Accounting Date + 3 months:

Account Debit Credit
Product Deferred Revenue Line Net Amount
Product Revenue Line Net Amount

Return Material Sales Invoice posting creates the following accounting entries.
Keep in mind that this Invoice should be created with negative amounts.

Posting record date: Accounting Date.

Account Debit Credit Comment
Customer Receivable Total Gross Amount One per Payment Plan Line (TB verified)
Product Revenue Return or if not defined Product Revenue Line Net Amount One per Invoice Line
Tax Due Tax Amount One per Tax Line.


It is possible to totally void a sales invoice, by using the header button "Reactivate" and then the action "Void", this action implies:

The reversed document posting creates the following accounting entries:

Account Debit Credit Comments
Product Revenue Line Net Amount One per invoice line
Tax Due Tax Amount One per tax line.
Customer Receivables Total Gross Amount One per invoice
Discount Revenue Discount Amount One per Invoice Line (if discount exits)

And it is also possible to partially void a customer's invoice by:

The "AR Credit Memo" posting looks the same as the "Reversed Purchase Invoice" posting.

The main different between those two purchase reversed document types is:

We strongly recommend you to use the "Reversed Sales Invoice" document type while partially voiding customer's invoices.

Full list of Sales Invoice window fields and their descriptions is available in the Sales Invoice Screen Reference.

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