Void bill payments and what to expect

To void a payment, your role must have Pay permissions, and you must be a verified user on the bank account originally used for the payment. You must be logged in to the desktop website to void payments, you cannot void payments in the mobile app.

If you are going to reissue a voided payment, be sure to make any necessary changes to the vendor, such as pay to, address, email address, etc. before reissuing.

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ePayments have a Void Deadline of 1:00 pm Pacific Time / 4:00 pm Eastern Time on the business day before the deposit date

Check payments

A check payment may need to be voided due to the following reasons:

  • Check payment was returned due to an invalid mailing address
  • Check was mailed to the wrong address and hasn’t been returned
    • Confirm the vendor address completely matches the address indicated on the corresponding invoice. Review the vendor audit trail to identify address changes that may have occurred before OR after the payment process date. The payment address is 'locked' at 12:01 am Pacific Time / 3:01 am Eastern Time on the process date.
  • Check payment was lost or misrouted by the US Postal Service
  • Vendor has received the payment, but has not yet deposited payment
    • Account number or invoice number was not included: If the account number for a given vendor is not specified in the vendor profile, this field will be left blank on the check. Review the vendor profile to see if an account number has been designated.
    • Invoice image from check stub was discarded: Although we include the first page of the invoice on the check stub, utilities, municipalities, and large financial institutions often discard the check stub before processing payments. We recommend including the account number in the vendor profile to help ensure payments are applied to the correct account.
  • Vendor has returned the check to you
    • If a check to a vendor won't be deposited, void the payment in BILL. When a check is voided, we issue a stop payment. There is no need to return the check to us. Simply destroy the check after it's been voided in the system.

Options for dealing with a missing check

If the vendor has not yet received their check, there are three (3) options:

  • Continue to wait for the vendor to present the check for payment
    • This is recommended if check 'arrives by' date is several days prior
  • Void the check and credit the funds back to your account
  • Void the check and reissue a new check payment to your vendor

Void check service fees

Check that has been lost in the mail

Check payment is lost in the mail, hasn't been received by the vendor and hasn't been returned to sender.

  • Checks that aren't cashed within 90 days will auto-void, and there are no fees on auto-voided checks
  • If you choose to void the lost check before the 90 day auto-void, there'll be a $25.00 service fee to issue a stop payment
    • Higher fee for these check voids, compared to returned checks, because there is a higher risk when check hasn't been returned to us by USPS and we have to take steps to ensure the check isn't cashed

Check that has been returned to BILL by USPS

Check payment was sent to an incorrect address and was sent back to BILL by the post office. Checks can't be mailed in directly to the address on the envelope. The PO Box will only accept mail returned within the USPS internally. The $25 fee won't be avoided by mailing the check in manually.

  • There'll be a $3 service fee to void and reissue a check returned to BILL by the USPS
    • Lower fee for lower risk because the check has been returned to us and we can destroy it, no chance of it being cashed

Fees don't apply to:

  • ACH, Vendor Pay and RPPS cancellations or voids
  • Check voids requests that aren't processed
  • Void & credit: USPS-returned checks that'll be voided and funds credited back to the account
  • Expired checks (checks that auto-void after 90 days from the date of issue)

Void options

Void and reissue

  • No adjustment is needed in your accounting system
  • We'll reissue a new payment with the same funds, with any new vendor details (for instance, new address or payment method)
  • We pull vendor and account details, but the payment amount remains the same
  • We don't re-debit your bank account

Void and credit

  • We may not be able to process Void and Credits immediately - we must check with our bank, to ensure the item hasn't been presented for payment. You may see “Void Pending” on the Payment page during this time. Once we receive confirmation, we start the crediting process.
  • Once we have started the Void and Credit process, the payment will show as voided in your BILL account
  • The bill will show as Unpaid. If the bill doesn't need to be paid, you should either edit the bill, delete the bill or mark it as already paid so it isn't accidentally paid again in error.
  • A credit may take 2-5 business days from the date of the void request, depending on when the funds were debited from your account

Sync voids and credits

  • Which accounting system do you sync with?
    • QuickBooks Online, Xero, Intacct or NetSuite
      • The void will sync back to your accounting system, and no further action is needed
    • QuickBooks Desktop or QuickBooks Enterprise
      • While the credit back to your bank account will sync back to your bank account register, the void won't sync back to your accounting system. The payment must be voided manually in the accounting system.
  • If you subsequently edit or delete the bill in BILL, those changes will sync. Deleting the bill in the accounting system before BILL has had a chance to sync the void will cause an error. If this happens, contact Support to mark the bill update not to sync.

Things to know

  • Once you select Void and complete the void request, it can't be undone, and unless an ePayment has successfully deposited to a vendor, or a check has been cashed by a vendor, the void will complete
  • We stop payment on voided checks so we recommend that you provide the voided check number to the vendor and instruct them not to cash the voided check, just in case it reaches them
  • When a check has been returned, an email notification will be received by users that are verified on the originating bank account
  • The Payments out tab on the dashboard will only show payments with a process date within the last 30 days
  • To see payments with a process date more than 30 days out select Payments Out in the navigation menu
  • Checks are printed with the words Void after 90 days. On the 91st day after the date of issue, the check expires. BILL will automatically void the payment, return the funds to the payer's bank account, and revert the associated bill as Unpaid.