Pay Bills

Overview

To pay bills that originated from a Purchase Invoice, an A/P Bill, or a prepaid Purchase Order, choose A/P / Pay Bills. The first screen allows filtering of the bills to be paid by due date, by ACH, Non-ACH, or EFT vendors, or by selecting vendors.

Vendor bills entered either through Inventory / Purchase Invoicing, the A/P / Add/Edit Bills screen, or the A/P / Post Recurring Bills screen can be summarized, selected, and paid with due dates and discounts taken into account.

There are many A/P reports available to review the bills in a variety of ways (by vendor, due date, aging report, and pre-check run). As with all Accounting reports in the Agvance system, the A/P reports do no posting and therefore are safe to run anytime.

  • Include Bills due on or before what date – Any bill with a due date or discount date on or before the date entered is displayed in the grid.
  • Check Date – The date of the check determines the discounts that display. This is the date used in the posting of the transaction.
  • Checking Account – This defaults to the account named at Setup / Locations on the G/L Posting tab as the Default Checking Account. The account and its current balance is displayed. To choose a different account, double-click in the field.
  • Starting Check # – This number defaults to the next consecutive number as the last computer generated check for that account (stored at Setup / Preferences on the G/L tab).
  • Pre-Check Run – The Pre-Check Run is a report that allows a preview of the check run that would be made based on the selected criteria. The detail is grouped by vendor. This report may be previewed or printed by selecting Pre-Check Run. No posting occurs.
  • Checks – This print checks based on the selected criteria. After the checks are printed, a posting decision must be made before any vendor or G/L accounts are affected.
  • Memo Checks – This may be used for writing off bills that had credits applied to them or for settlement of Inter-Company bills. A different general ledger account may be selected. The check number defaults to the Memo Check number sequence, therefore the regular check number sequence is unaffected. If this is a direct draft from the checking account, the payment could post to the disbursement checking account.
  • ACH Filename – This is available when ACH Vendors was selected as the Vendor Type on the Preselect Pay Bills screen. The path defaults from the A/P preferences along with the file name. This information may be changed as needed.
  • Email ACH Payment Advice to Vendor – This is available when ACH Vendors was selected as the Vendor Type on the Preselect Pay Bills screen. When emailing the ACH Payment Advice directly to the Vendor from Agvance, select this option.
  • A/P Bills Grid – All the bills that are due based on the selection criteria entered display. The checkmarks indicate that they will be paid. Use Tag/Untag This Vendor, Tag All, or Untag All on the bottom to help untag or tag selected groups of bills.
  • Discount – This displays automatically if the date for the offered discount falls on or before the Check Date. This amount may also be overridden by typing an amount in this field.
  • Payment – This indicates the amount of each bill left to be paid. Make a partial payment by selecting in this column and overriding with the amount to be paid.
  • Seek Vendor ID – Start typing the Vendor ID and the grid shifts to display the bills for Vendor IDs that begin with those characters.
  • Total for Vendor Amount – This displays the total of the unpaid bills on the screen for the currently selected vendor.
  • Total – The total payment amount for the selected bills is displayed.
  • CIBC Currency – Using the ACH File Type of CIBC and paying ACH Vendors enables this option to choose between paying in U.S. dollars (USD) or Canadian dollars (CAD). The last used selection is remembered by user for future use.
  • Sort By – Select to sort the bills in the grid by Vendor ID or Vendor Name.

Pay Bills Process

The Pay Bills utility marks A/P bills paid, prints a check, updates Vendor balances, and posts to the General Ledger.

  1. Navigate to Accounting / A/P / Pay Bills.
  2. At the Preselect Pay Bills window, filter the bills to be paid by selecting an Include Bills due on or before what date.
  3. Choose the bills of a single Vendor, multiple Vendors, or all Vendors. The Sort Invoices By option provides a method to further sort a Vendor’s outstanding bills.
  4. Select a Check Date. Discounts display based on this date. Select OK.
  5. On the Pay Bills window, verify the Checking Account G/L Account number is correct. Select a different G/L Account if necessary.
  6. Verify the Starting Check # and select the bills in the grid to be paid.
  7. Choose Pre-Check Run to provide a report of the checks to be printed. Select OK.
  8. After the checks are sent to the printer, the Posting Options window displays. It is recommended to wait until the checks have finished printing before selecting the posting option.
    Note:Selecting This Month marks the bills as paid and posts the journal entries for the checks in the current fiscal month. Next Month marks the bills as paid and posts the journal entries into the following fiscal month. No Posting does not create a journal entry and the bills remain unpaid. This option may be used if the checks went to the wrong printer, jammed in the printer, or if incorrect bills were selected.

Posting Notes

For Checks or Memo Checks, if the Next Month option is selected, the A/P Bill file is updated but no G/L or Vendor posting occurs. If Post this Month is chosen, the following occurs:

  • Accounts Payable Bill File – The bills are marked as Paid (or the appropriate portion of the bill in the case of a partially paid bill).
  • Vendor Balance – The vendor balance is adjusted and the 1099 balance is affected if a 1099 amount was indicated.
  • Cash Disbursement – An entry is made into the database recording the cash disbursement.
  • General Ledger – A Payable-Type Vendor-Type journal entry is made and the G/L account balances are updated.
Vendor Journal EntryDebitsCredits
Net amount of the check Designated Checking Acct.
Gross figure owed VendorAccounts Payable (for Vendor location) 
Discount dollars taken (if any) A/P Discount Acct (Setup / Location / Preferences)