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Introduce Progress Invoicing

Be able to bill out fractions or amounts of a Job or Project to an Invoice.

While we are looking at this feature, workarounds currently include:

1. You can use the Balance Forward Statement to show the original invoice, any payments made, and the remaining balance. The steps are given in knowledgebase article:


2. You can create a separate invoice for each stage of the job. These invoices can be created in advance to equal the total amount of the job by using a recurring template.

For instructions on recurring templates, see knowledgebase article: https://community.intuit.com/articles/1442437-create-a-recurring-template

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      • Linda Senior commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please add filtering by estimate status to Estimates & Progress Invoicing Summary by Customer Report.

      • Sean C commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Is the sales order function available yet??? Isn't SOP a basic function of accounting? Not every company goes straight to invoice from an estimate.

      • Simone Nisbet commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi Guys, We ask customers for 50% of the total invoice as we are business to customer that amount includes the VAT. Can you please add an option to have 50% of the Gross amount as well? We would use this function everytime we raised two invoices per estimate. At the moment it is 50% per line item (which means the quantities are halved which I can see as confusing for some customers of mine) sometimes the non vat amount is an odd number and this makes 50% off by 1p. Our customers pay 50% and so I'll have an outstanding amount on one invoice and when you create the last remaining invoice it doesn't pull in any outstanding balances. if you want more information about this please feel free to email me.

      • Thomas Schofield commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        While progress billing is great, a report is needed that shows the estimates that have 'remaining' unbilled amounts on them. Without that, there is no way, short of looking in each customer page, to know what you have remaining to be billed.

      • Kiki commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You must turn it on.

        1- Go to the gear icon and choose account and settings
        2 select sales and then choose progress invoicing
        3 in the progress invoicing section select edit icon
        4 to enable progress invoicing -select the " Create multiple partial invoices from a single estimate box.
        5 then save and done

      • Andy Leung commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        any updates for this feature? Is that still under "planning"?? I will change software if there is no actual work for this feature yet.

      • Daniel Wardle commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I see that there has been some progress allowing this. Is there a way you can add the percentage columns as both user and print available? My clients want to see the % complete on the invoice. Can retainage be built into this as well? I'm have to create a custom field for retainage at the moment.

      • Tim Hoyman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It is frustrating that this is not part of QBO. This is basic accounting people, so it should be part of the application.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just checked with support - they ran into issues so pulled it back. No date for next try at release.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        So progress invoicing in my opinion is being able to invoice as % of job completion/contracted amount. This feature allows you to copy a estimate in full to a invoice. It's not true "progress invoicing". Creating seperate invoices may be an option but that creates inaccurate ageing reports.

      • Sophie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Any chance of this feature in UK. No sign as of yet. Will be really useful.

      • Brent commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I don't see the Progress Invoicing option according to this comment posted a few months ago... I'm on the phone with customer support right now and he just told me they are rolling it out in "clusters". He notated my account that I'm interested and hopes it will boost priority for my account... hope this helps!


        Beta progressive invoicing was just launched!!
        1. Go to Gear, Account and Settings
        2. Select “Advanced”
        3. Go to the Automation settings
        4. Check the box to turn on Progress Invoicing
        5. Then under your Estimate, click on Copy to Invoice or Create Invoice. you may need to Accept the Estimate before you see this option.
        6. use only new estimates. do not try and use old ones already in the system.

      • Paul commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I saw a webinar this week that said it is rolling out over the next few weeks. Rollouts are done in stages.

      • Sarah commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Was told by QB customer support staff that this would be fully implemented by end of Feb. What's the timeline for full release for all QBO subscribers? Has it changed? When can we expect full release?


      • Nick Butler commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I cannot see progress invoicing in the Automation settings on my UK QB online version.

      • Marisol commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        i do not seen to find the progress invoicing on the Automation settings

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