Learn how to set up automatic payments for recurring invoices.
Your customers want to pay you quickly and easily. You want to keep cash flowing through your business. Setting up Autopay for recurring invoices is a great way to do both.
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The fees for Autopay are the same as for any payments made through QuickBooks Payments. To enable Autopay, you’ll need a QuickBooks Payments account.
Step 1: Set up recurring invoices
Autopay is available on pay-enabled recurring invoices. If you don't have invoices set up to recur, here’s how:
- Create your invoice, then select Create recurring invoice on the transaction.
Or you can create a recurring template.
- Specify the frequency interval, start date, and end date of the recurring invoice.
- When you finish the recurring invoice, select Save template.
If you already have a recurring invoice setup, you don’t need to create a new one. Autopay is available for your customer if they use the payment methods you’ve selected on your invoice. Autopay works for both card and ACH transactions.
Note: Autopay isn't available for recurring invoices with a Daily interval or for amounts over $5,000.
Step 2: Check the autopay status of your customer
If you'd like to check if Autopay is set up for an invoice, view the Activity Tracker.
- Go to Sales, then Invoices (Take me there).
- Find the invoice you wish to check for payment status.
- Select the status field of that invoice line to bring up the activity tracker panel .
When you see the Autopay Scheduled status under the invoice activity section, then you know your customer setup Autopay.
Auto payments deduct from your customer 3 days before the due date of the invoice or immediately if the invoice is due in less than 3 days. If an invoice is due on receipt, the payment will be taken as soon as the invoice is created by the recurring template.
You’ll also receive an email confirmation for each successful payment.
Important: You'll cancel Autopay if you change the following on the Recurring Template:
- Total amount
- Payment options
- Email address
- Customer name
Your customer will receive a cancelation email for future Autopay transactions.