One-time invoices (Basic): Create & apply templates

Our templates are used to automate routine procedures and save loads of time. Here, we show you how to create an invoice template proactively or while creating a pipeline so that you can apply it as an automation.

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Creating invoice templates

An invoice template can be created by a firm owner, admin or team member with access rights to manage templates.

To create an invoice template, go to Templates > Firm templates from the left menu bar, then Invoices. Next, click Create template.

Or access this page by adding the Create invoice automation while making or editing a pipeline, then click New template.

Below, learn more about all the options (1-15) you have in the Create Invoice Template window:

1. Template name: This is what you’ll see when selecting the template.

2. Description: Add a description for what is included in the invoice (optional).

3. Add shortcode: Include dynamic data to individualize your invoices. You can use account shortcodes based on custom fields, as well as date shortcodes. Here's more on shortcodes.

4. Choose a payment method: Select the payment method you want the client to use. (More on selecting a default payment provider.)

5. QuickBooks settings: Select Location for the invoice to be sent to QuickBooks. Clients will not see this field.

6. Send email to client when invoice created: Toggle this on and add a custom message if you want the client to be notified by email about an invoice. Otherwise, they will receive a notification only inside their portal.

7. Pay invoice with credits if available: Toggle this on so the invoice is paid with any TaxDome credits the client might have. Find out more on paying on behalf of a client.
8. Send reminders to clients: Toggle this on to enable sending automatic reminders for pending invoices. Learn more about reminders in invoices.
9. Line items: Itemize all the services performed and add discounts if applicable.
  • Line item: To add a line item, click the Line item button, then either select a service or create a new one. Fill in the Rate field, set the quantity for the service (QTY), and decide whether each line item is taxable. Select Class to be sent to QuickBooks (clients will not see this field).
  • Discount: To add a line item, click the Discount button, then fill in the Rate field. The amount will be subtracted from the total.
10. Amount: Rate times QTY.

11. Tax: This automatically adds the tax to the invoice. Once the sales tax is added, you’ll see it reflected in the total. (Here's more on tax rates in invoices.)

12. Copy: Click the icon to create a copy of the line item. 

13. Summary: This is the section containing the subtotal, tax rate and amount, and the total.   

14. Tax rate: Once sales tax is added, it’s reflected in the total (more on default tax rates).

15. Save & Exit, Save and Cancel: Click Save & Exit to save the template and go back to the templates list, Save to keep your changes and continue editing the template or Cancel to exit without saving.

Applying invoice templates

Invoice templates could be used either while creating invoices, while creating proposals or proposal templates or when setting up the pipeline automation.

Here’s how:

1. Create a new invoice or add an invoice to the proposal.

2. Click the Invoice template list to expand it, then select a template.

3. Continue by setting up the invoice. You can now make changes to the amount, tax rate, etc.


Note: Changes you make on an invoice don’t affect the template.

Editing invoice templates

To make changes to an invoice template, follow these steps:

1. Go to Templates > Firm templates from the left menu bar, then select Invoices. Next, click on the invoice template name in the list.

2. Make changes to the invoice template, then click Save & Exit.

Duplicating invoice templates

To create a new invoice template from an existing one, click the dots to the far right of the invoice template, then select Duplicate from the pull-down. The invoice template copy will be saved with a suffix (e.g., Form1040 (2)).

Deleting invoice templates

To remove an invoice template completely, click three dots to the far right of the invoice template name, select Delete in the pull-down, then click Delete again to confirm.

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