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Autoscan Receipts

Expenses, such as fuel charge, utilities, postage, supplies, computer equipment, or rental, are a part and parcel of any business. More often, you will be receiving receipts for the amount spent on these expenses. The information in these receipts can be captured in Zoho Invoice by enabling the auto-scanning of receipts.

The autoscan feature in Zoho Invoice lets you store all the receipts or bills incurred in your business. Once you enable this feature, all the uploaded receipts will be scanned and new expenses can be created instantly. You can also restrict who gets access to upload files into the Receipts Inbox (a folder where all your receipts are primarily stored before they are scanned).

Enable Autoscan

To start auto-scanning receipts in your Zoho Invoice organization:

Enable Receipt Auto-scan Enable Receipt Auto-scan

Once you enable the autoscan option, you will be redirected to the Receipts Inbox page where you can upload receipts.

Insight: Autoscan is a process in which every document that has been emailed or uploaded, goes through automatic data capturing process. This functionality is currently optimized only for documents that are in English language.

Upload Receipts

You can upload the receipts into Zoho Invoice in three ways:

Upload Receipts

Insight: Only files in the format jpg, jpeg, png, gif, bmp, and PDF can be uploaded into the Receipts Inbox.

Email Files to the Inbox

Instead of manually selecting and uploading receipts, you can choose to simply email them to a unique email address that Zoho Invoice generates. All the files sent to this email address will be uploaded to the Receipts Inbox and will be scanned automatically.

To enable this option:

Upload Receipts

Pro Tip: You can change the document forwarding email address at any time by clicking it and selecting Choose your own.

Upload Receipts

Once you have uploaded the receipts, you can check the status of them in the Receipts Inbox. They can have one of the following four statuses:

Status Indicates
Scan in progress The receipt is being processed currently.
Processed The receipt has been auto-scanned and is ready to be converted into an expense.
Unreadable The auto-scanning has failed because of some issue with the uploaded receipt. This may result due to illegible data, images which cannot be interpreted, or when the language is not supported.
This file cannot be auto-scanned The format of the uploaded receipt is not supported. Convert it into a format that is supported and try uploading again.
Auto-scan statuses

Insight: You will be notified whenever the status of a receipt changes. On clicking the notification, you will be redirected to the Receipts Inbox.

Convert Receipt to an Expense

All the uploaded receipts can be converted into an expense easily. To do so:

Convert to Expense

Insight: Once a receipt has been converted into an expense, it will no longer be available in the Receipts Inbox. You can find it as an attachment along with the expense created from it. 

Document Level Permissions

You can grant access to a trusted individual, for example, an accountant, a bookkeeper, or a business partner — by inviting them to be a User of your organization, who can access the Documents module.

To add a new user to your organization and define a role for them, refer the help document on users and roles.

Upload Receipts


The auto-scan feature is available by default to all Zoho Invoice users across all the plans. A maximum of five free scans are available per organization. Once that is used up, you will have to purchase a recurring add-on to continue auto-scanning receipts. With the addon, you’ll get 50 autoscans per month.

Add-on Pricing:

Edition/Country Currency Monthly Price Monthly Price if Addon Billed Annually
Global, US,
Qatar, Bahrain,
Oman, Kuwait
USD 10 8
Global ZAR 120 100
Global NGN 3000 2500
Global MXN 180 150
Global KES 850 700
Global EGP 120 100
United Kingdom GBP 8 6.5
Canada CAD 15 12
Australia AUD 15 12
UAE AED 36 30
Saudi Arabia SAR 36 30
India INR 499 419
Europe EUR 10 8

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