Discounts are the difference on a customer invoice between the gross amount billed and the net amount paid. There are typically two types:
In either case, you want the system to keep track of the amount billed, the discount amount, and the amount actually paid. Here's how to do this under two different sets of circumstances.
WHEN THE PAYMENT COMES IN WITH THE DELIVERY TICKET . . .
1. The first thing to do is to enter the delivery ticket as you normally would. That is, if you want to enter delivery invoices to an existing batch, start by finding the batch. This can be done in three different ways:
In either case you will end up at the Enter Deliveries window.
2. Left-click on the tab which will display the Invoice Detail window.
The following procedure assumes you are using the numeric keypad on the right side of your keyboard. This is a much quicker way to enter invoices because it allows for one-handed keying. To activate the keypad, make sure the Num Lock light is lit by pressing the key (if it's not already lit). For more detail on this, see How to Use the Numeric Keypad.
3. Press the key. If you're entering delivery invoices to an existing batch, the next invoice # will be displayed. If it's a new batch of deliveries, key in the new invoice number.
4. Press the key which will display the Find a Customer window. Key in the account number and press the key.
5. The cursor will be positioned in the box. Key in the gallons. If the default product ID displayed is the one you want to use, simply press the key. The system will automatically inset the price, description, extend the total, and apply any taxes appropriate to this transaction. Following this, the cursor will be positioned in the Invoice # box ready for you to enter the next invoice.
If you want to use a different product than the default product that's shown, key any character in the ID box and a drop-down list of products will appear. Left-click the one you want to use and then press the key.
6. The next step is to enter the payment that came in with the delivery ticket. Left-click on the button and then left-click on Enter a Payment. This window will now appear with the cursor positioned in the Payment Amount box:
7. Key in the amount of the payment (let's say for our example that the payment was for $98.00) and then press the key. Next, key in the reference number and press the key. Then left-click the Type of Payment down arrow to display a drop-down list and left-click on the one that applies. When you're done, left-click on the button. Here's what it now looks like:
8. After you have keyed in the payment, summary information will be shown in the boxes across the bottom of the window. The "Total" amount (9.90 in this example) is the difference between the total amount owed and the amount paid . . . in other words, this is the "discount" amount.
9. Move the cursor to the box and key in the discount amount (9.90 in this example) and press the key. Here's what it now looks like:
10. When you're done entering all of the invoices for this batch, print the batch report by selecting Print Batch Report from the button drop-down list. Then left-click the close button to return to the Lynx Main Menu.
WHEN THE PAYMENT IS RECEIVED LATER . . .
This situation is handled in one of two ways . . . it all depends on whether the account is set up as a "balance forward" or an "open item". If it's an open item, handling discounts is relatively straight forward and usually accurate. If it's a balance forward, handling discounts is more difficult and inexact. In either case, recognizing payments as "discounts" is always a problem when the check is received after the delivery is made.
1. If you want to enter payments to an existing batch, you start by finding the batch. This can be done in three different ways:
2. If you want to enter payments to a new batch, begin by using the Add a Payment Batch procedure.
3. In either case you will be at the Enter Payments window.
4. Left-click on the tab which will display the Enter Payments window with an image of a blue "check" in the bottom half of the screen.
5. Left-click the button and the cursor will be positioned in the Check Number box.
6. Key in the check number and press the key which will reposition the cursor in the amount box. Key in the amount of the check and press the key.
If this is a balance forward account, it's difficult to know if the payment you just entered is for the full amount of the original invoice unless the customer indicates this on the check. Sometimes you can detect a discount by checking the at the bottom center of the screen. If it's a small amount, then (more than likely) this is a "discount" situation. That is, either a legitimate discount was taken or a small error was made in the payment amount. If it's not clear if there's a discount involved and you enter the payment "as is" (because you simply didn't know any differently), then, if there is a difference, it will show up on the customers account. They will undoubtedly point this out to you when they get their next statement and you can fix it then.
If this is an open item account, it's a little easier to recognize when you go to apply the payment to the specific invoice. If there's only one open invoice, then you will immediately see the difference. However, if there are multiple open invoices, it's a bit more difficult, especially if the customer does not indicate which one to apply the payment to.
In both cases, the situation can get even more complicated if a payment is made covering multiple invoices but they're not specifically indicated.
7. In either case, if you recognize that you're dealing with a "discount", here's the next step. Move the cursor to the box and key in the discount amount and press the key.
8. When you're done entering all of the payments for this batch, print the batch report by selecting Print Batch Report from the button drop-down list.
9. Then left-click the close button to return to the Lynx Main Menu.