This tutorial covers the following:
- What is the prepayment sales tax?
- How to add the sales tax to prepayments?
- Prepayments from customers that have tax rates assigned
- How the sales tax from a prepayment is shown in your Sales Tax Report?
- How does this apply for purchases?
What is the prepayment sales tax?
A prepayment Sales Tax (VAT/GST, etc) is simply the Sales Tax connected to a payment. E.g. you receive an order from a customer for 100 000 + Sales Tax (20%) = 120 000, which you’re going to complete in 3 months. The customer makes a prepayment based on a proforma invoice. As soon as the prepayment arrives, you declare it in your nearest Sales Tax Report and pay the Sales Tax right away.
How to add the sales tax to prepayments?
Adding Sales Tax to prepayments is an easy one-step process. Go to Sales > Open Receivables > click Add Payment and fill all the necessary fields. At the bottom of the form find the Tax field and choose your sales tax there. In this way the prepayment from your customer will contain VAT/GST. The process works the same way for purchases, too. The system takes the Sales Tax data from the invoice rows, not from the invoice total, as different items in the invoice can have different tax rates.
Prepayments from customers that have tax rates assigned
In ERPLY Books it is possible to pre-assign the tax rate to a customer, so with every new prepayment from a certain customer, the sales tax will be included in the amount of the prepayment. NB: the prepayment amount you enter is recognized by the system as it already has the sales tax included, so ERPLY Books does not add it on top of the entered amount.
In order to assign a tax rate to a certain customer/vendor, go to Sales > Contacts > Customer information (black mark on the left from the customer name). The tax field is on the right, choose the desired tax rate from the list of existing tax rates in your organisation and click Save.
Now, once you add a prepayment for a customer you set the tax rate for, this tax rate will automatically pop up in the Add Payment window.
To see the customer prepayment, go to Sales > Cash In.
How the sales tax from a prepayment is shown in your Sales Tax Report?
The sales tax from the prepayment is added to your monthly sales tax report based on the date of payment. So, if the payment came in in July, your July sales tax report will contain the sales tax from this payment. In order to find the sales tax from a certain prepayment, go to Reports > Sales Tax/VAT Report. Choose the desired time period and click Search.
Once you issue the invoice and want to use the prepayment for it, go to Open Receivables > Use Prepayment. Choose the desired prepayment from the list and click Save.
Payments, for which you use prepayments with the tax rate connected, are multiplied by -1 to equalize the sales tax in your declaration, and hence, at your tax office. Otherwise you would have to pay the sales tax twice for the same payment.
How does this apply for purchases?
The process of adding the sales tax to prepayments works exactly the same way for purchases.