Our accounts receivable ledger template is designed in Excel and simple to use. It is also known as a sales ledger template. As with all our templates, it is free, and no registration is required. It can be downloaded at the end of this page.
Keeping a list of overdue sales invoices for payment is part of credit control and cash flow. Our template will show you how many days overdue invoices are, the amount owing, and space to note communications with the customer.
It is important to contact customers to chase up payments that are becoming due or overdue. Many businesses fail to complete credit control promptly and can then end up with cash flow problems.
Read our guide on how to complete credit control and chasing customers for money.
Accounting Software for Accounts Receivable
If you have lots of customer invoices, you may save time by using an accounting package. They will enable you to invoice customers quickly and keep track of outstanding accounts. It is even possible to set up automatic reminders.
The top accounting packages are FreshBooks, QuickBooks, Ember, Zoho Books and Xero. They all include accounts receivable aging report. They all offer a free trial, which is worth taking out to see if the software meets the business needs.
Advantages of using Accounting Software for Accounts Receivable
- Professional looking invoices
- Invoice on the go and email to customer
- Produce up to date accounts receivable report
- Automatic payment reminders
Accounts Receivable Ledger Template – Instructions
Download the Excel spreadsheet and open it. At the top, enter your business name.
Enter the details for a customer, invoice date, invoice number, and amount from your sales invoices. The credit terms are accessed from a dropdown list, and you can choose from 7, 14, 30, net monthly or 90 days.
Once all the sales invoice details are added, it will automatically calculate the number of days the invoice is overdue and post the amount to the correct period.
Sorting Accounts Receivable Data
Once several invoices are listed, you may want to sort the information by the due date, invoice number or customer name. It is simple to do following the steps below.
- 1. Highlight the rows that you wish to sort.
- 2. Using the top Excel ribbon, choose – Data – Sort – Use the drop-down list to select the column to sort by.
- 3. Click OK
Below are two examples sorted by the due date and customer name.
Accounts Receivable Ledger Template for Credit Control
Once the data is sorted by customer, it is easier to review the invoices which are overdue for payment. Using credit control procedures decide the best course of action to take. The course of action may be to send out a customer statement, a phone call, email or a debt collection letter.
After taking action, record it in the comments section giving as much detail as possible. It will mean you will always know the next step worth taking.
Removing Paid Invoices
To keep the same amount of rows in the template, once a sales invoice has been paid you need to clear the information from the row (do not delete the row).
- 1. Highlight the customer, invoice date, invoice number and amount.
- 2. Use mouse to right-click
- 3. Select clear contents
You may then wish to sort the data to remove the cleared line. Do not delete the row, as this will reduce the number of rows for the future.
Year-End Accounts Receivable
When you reach your financial year-end, the accounts receivable report is part of the management reporting; it is, therefore, worth saving the spreadsheet with a different name.
Your accountant may need a copy of the template at year-end to check for any bad debts and ensure the account balances.
You can then continue using the template to keep your records up to date.
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