Your invoice should be prompt, so that you can get paid by your clients on time, while invoicing is not a fun task, it's a necessary one: by keeping clients informed of your expectations, you will get paid punctually and reinforce your professionalism. After going over some best practices for creating invoices, I will review some great (and not so great) invoicing practices, so that you can spend less time creating invoices and more time doing the things you love! So here are some general guidelines, best practices and examples that will help you make sure your invoices are up to specification.
There are certain pieces of information that have to be on your invoices if you are charging GST, HST and/or PST. Your invoice must include: your business name. the date of the invoice. your Business Number (also known as the GST Registration Number). the purchaser's name. a brief description of the goods or services performed. the total amount paid or payable. the terms of payment. an indication of items subject to GST at 5% or HST at the appropriate provincial rate, or that the items are exempt, and either the total amount of GST/HST charged, or a statement that the GST/HST is included and the total rate of tax. if applicable, an indication of items subject to PST (also known as RST) at the provincial rate, or that the items are exempt, and either the total amount of PST charged, or a statement that the PST is included and the total rate of tax.