Adding / Processing a Refund for an Invoice

Adding / Processing a Refund for an Invoice

In the demanding landscape of the service industry, maintaining precise financial records and upholding customer trust, particularly regarding refunds, is paramount. There may be instances where due to unforeseen circumstances, a refund becomes essential. Whether a customer seeks reimbursement for a booking or a deposit they’ve placed, OctopusPro has refined the procedure to ensure a seamless experience for both businesses and their clients.

This guide elucidates the nuances of both recording a refund for any external payment and actively processing one within the system. This dual approach ensures meticulous financial accuracy and fortifies trust in your customer dealings. Moreover, it empowers you to monitor all refunds through the invoice system, ensuring a transparent trail of all financial transactions. Delve deeper to unearth the manifold benefits and methodical steps tailored for both office personnel and on-ground fieldworkers.

For refunds executed externally, such as through bank transfers or in cash, mark them in the system by associating the refund amount with a specific booking. Conversely, for online credit card transactions, initiate the refund right from the action options within the invoice.

Distinction between Adding and Processing Refunds

What’s the Difference? Understanding “Adding” vs “Processing” Refunds:

When managing refunds in OctopusPro, it’s crucial to understand the clear distinction between “adding” a refund and “processing” one. These two actions cater to different scenarios, and understanding each will ensure your business’s financial activities are recorded and executed accurately.

1. Adding a Refund to an Invoice:

When you “add” a refund to an invoice, you’re essentially recording a refund that was made externally – perhaps through a manual cash return or an outside payment platform. This action does not initiate any money transfer but rather logs the refund in your system for tracking and record-keeping purposes. It’s a way to keep your records updated and acknowledge that a refund took place outside of the OctopusPro platform.

2. Processing a Refund:

In contrast, “processing” a refund in OctopusPro is an active step that returns money to the customer. When you process a refund, it triggers a financial transaction that returns the paid amount back to the customer’s account. This action is for payments that were originally made within the OctopusPro system.

OctopusPro’s refund feature enhances your financial management:

  • Easily track past transactions.
  • Facilitate quick and accurate refunds.
  • Eliminate manual searches across systems or physical paperwork.
  • All transactions are secure and easily retrievable.
  • Handle customer payments and card data with confidence.

Overview of the Add Refund Process

Adding a refund to an invoice

  1. Navigate to Invoices > All Invoices.
  2. Select the desired invoice.
  3. Scroll to the discussion section, click Refunds, then Add Refund+.

On the Add Refund page:

    • Choose the payment type.
    • Input a unique Refund reference.
    • Provide the Refund reason.
    • Describe any additional details in the refund Description.
    • Optionally, tick to thank your customer via email

Finally, save your changes.

Viewing an added refund to an invoice

  1. Go to Invoices > All Invoices.
  2. Access the target invoice.
  3. Under the discussion section, click Refunds to view refund details.
  4. Use the actions tab to modify or remove the refund.

Approving an added refund

  1. From the sidebar menu, choose Invoices > New Refunds.
  2. Locate the refund to approve and click Approve.

Unapproving an added refund

  1. Navigate to Invoices > New Refunds from the sidebar.
  2. Search and select the refund you wish to unapprove.
  3. Click Unapprove.

Deleting an added refund to an invoice

  1. First, unapprove the refund: Invoices > New Refunds > Unapprove.
  2. Access the invoice details page.
  3. In the discussion section, hit Refunds.
  4. Use the delete icon in the actions tab to remove the refund.

Fieldworker Refund Requests via the Fieldworker App

Adding a refund as a fieldworker

  • Log into the app.
  • Navigate to Invoices > All Invoices.
  • Choose the invoice for the refund.
  • Scroll down and click Add Refund.

  • Click on the number atop to input the refund amount.
  • Select the refund type.
  • Adjust the refund date, if required.
  • Append any necessary comments.
  • Confirm by clicking Submit.

Refund Processing

Processing Credit Card Refunds

  • Go to Invoices > All Invoices.
  • Open the relevant invoice

  • Scroll to the booking discussion section and choose Payments.
  • Use the Actions button and opt for Add Refund.

  • Verify payment details on the following page.
  • Confirm by saving.

Processing Refunds for External Payments

For methods like bank transfers or cash, record the refund by adding it to the invoice:

  1. Navigate to Invoices > All Invoices.
  2. Open the concerned invoice.
  3. In the discussion area, tap Refunds, then Add Refund+.

Follow the same steps as detailed in the “Adding a refund to an invoice” section.

Approval Workflows for Office Users

Post the addition or submission of a refund (by either an admin or a fieldworker), admin users should:

  1. Head to Invoices > New Refunds.
  2. Search for the pending refund.
  3. Click Approve.

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