Once a bill is in the Approvals Tab, it's ready to be approved! Let's take a look at the Approvals Tab itself and how to move a bill through the system and into your Accounting Software.
Panel 1 shows a list of the bills that are waiting to be approved.
Panel 2 shows the data extracted from the bill, the original email the bill arrived with, plus any notes that have been added to the bill. You can access these three levels of information via the three sub-tabs at the top of panel 3.
Panel 3 is a preview of the original bill.
This format is the same across all tabs within Lightyear. There's quite a lot going on, but we'll keep it simple for now.
This is where you'll be doing most of the work in the Approvals Tab. Here you can edit any of the information that has been extracted or manually entered from the Processing Tab. These include:
- Bill type
- Bill Number
- Bill Date
- Due Date
- Purchase Order Number
- Product Codes
- Product Descriptions
- Unit Price on Line Item bills and Line Amount on Service bills
- Tax Codes
- GL Codes
- Tracking Categories
Mandatory fields are marked with a red asterisk. The Currency, Tax Code, GL Code and Tracking Categories can all be changed at a bill level using the dropdowns under the column header, or can be changed on an individual line.
Remember that once you make any changes to a bill in the Approval Tab, you'll need to click the green Save button to the bottom right to keep these changes. Once you're happy with a bill, click the green Approve button to approve it and move it through to the Review Tab,
The Review Tab
After the initial approval, Bills move to the Review Tab to be ultimately signed off before exporting. In terms of functionality, you can do anything in the Review Tab that you can in the Approvals Tab, including making changes to the bill in Panel 2 if required. If something doesn't look right, you can use the 'Approvals Tab' button to send the bill back to the Approvals Tab, but if you're happy, click Sign Off to move the bill to the Signed Off Tab. If you're using Executive Approval, this step is mostly the same but check out this guide on Executive Approval for more specific info
Only Admins and Users with Accounts Payable permissions will be able to action and edit bills in the Approve Tab. Users with only Approver permissions will have read only access to the Review Tab
The Signed Off Tab
The big moment is here! The final step before your bill is exported to your Accounting Software of choice. The look and layout of the Signed Off Tab should be familiar by now, as it's the same as the Approvals Tab and Review Tab, however you can no longer make changes to the bill in Panel 2. If at this stage any mistakes are discovered, the bill must be sent back to the Review Tab for correction. Once a bill is exported, changes or corrections cannot be made within Lightyear and will need to be made in your Accounting Software.
Once you're super duper sure the bill is good to go, mark the checkbox next to the supplier name in Panel 1 for any bills you're happy with, then click the green Export button.
Depending on what Accounting Software you're using, the data will either flow straight in, or Lightyear will automatically download a file for you to upload. Note that the length of time it takes to complete the export depends on a few things such as the number of bills being exported. It's very important that you don't refresh or close the Lightyear window until the export is complete. It shouldn't take too long however, normally no more than a second or two per bill. Lightyear will let you know once the export is complete.