Control and know when vendor bills should be paid

With Odoo, you can define how your vendor bills are controlled. For each purchase order, you can decide when the related vendor bill should be paid: either before or after you have received your products. You can also check at a glance what is the billing status of each purchase order.

With the 3-way matching feature, Odoo compares the information appearing on the Purchase Order, the Vendor Bill and the Receipt, and lets you know if you should pay the bill. This way you can avoid paying incorrect or fraudulent vendor bills.

Vendor bills default control policy

As a first step, open your Purchase app and go to Configuration ‣ Settings to set the default bill control policy for all the products created onwards.

Vendor bills default control setting for new products in Odoo Purchase

By selecting On ordered quantities, you can create a vendor bill as soon as you confirm an order. The quantities mentioned in the purchase order are used to generate the draft bill.

If you choose On received quantities instead, you can only create one once you have at least received some of the products you have ordered. The quantities you have received are used to generate the draft bill. If you try to create one without having received any product, you get an error message.

No invoiceable line error message in Odoo Purchase

Change a specific product’s control policy

If you want to modify a specific product’s control policy, go to Products ‣ Products, open it, click on Edit and go to the Purchase tab. There you can change a product’s default bill control policy.

Vendor bills default control setting for new products in Odoo Purchase

View a purchase order’s billing status

Once you confirm an order, you can view its Billing Status by going to the Other Information tab.

Purchase order billing status in Odoo Purchase

Below you can find a list of the different Billing Status, and when they are displayed, depending on the products” bill control policy.

Billing status

Conditions

On received quantities

On ordered quantities

Nothing to Bill

PO confirmed; no products received

(Not applicable)

Waiting Bills

All/some products received; bill not created

PO confirmed

Fully Billed

All/some products received; draft bill created

Draft bill created

Determine when to pay with 3-way matching

First, go to Configuration ‣ Settings and activate 3-way matching.

3-way-matching setting in Odoo Purchase

Note

3-way matching is intended to work with the bill control policy set to On received quantities.

Should I pay the vendor bill?

With the feature activated, your vendor bills now display the Should Be Paid field under the Other info tab.

Should Be Paid field under a vendor bill in Odoo Purchase

As you can’t create a bill until you have received your products - and if you haven’t received all of them, Odoo only includes the products you have received in the draft bill - the Should Be Paid status is set to Yes when you create one.

If you edit a draft bill to increase the billed quantity, change the price, or add other products, the Should Be Paid status is set to Exception. It means Odoo notices the discrepancy, but that you might have a valid reason to have done so.

Once the payment has been registered and mentions Paid, the Should Be Paid status is set to No.

Paid bill in Odoo Purchase

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The Should Be Paid status is set automatically by Odoo. However, you can change the status manually when you are viewing a bill in edit mode.