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Invoice template : Legal text for payment terms ?
Thread poster: Mardouk
Local time: 17:11
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May 3, 2004

Hi all,

I am French and working for the first time directly with a client located in the States.

I would appreciate if you could give me a sample text for the payment terms to include at the end of the invoice (footnotes) : delivery date, rate for late payment, etc.

Thanks a lot !

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Sonja Tomaskovic  Identity Verified
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ATA's model contract May 3, 2004


you might wanna take a look at ATA's model contract.



[Edited at 2004-05-03 14:11]

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Susana Galilea  Identity Verified
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Local time: 10:11
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standard wording May 4, 2004

* Please make all checks payable to [your name]
* Total amount is due within xx days of the invoice date.
* Overdue invoices are subject to a late payment charge of xx% per month on any unpaid balances.

In the U.S., typically within 30-45 days of the invoice date for agencies, and whatever you agree on for direct clients (15 days is reasonable). It is a good idea to agree on that point in advance, to prevent misunderstandings. Also, in the case of a very large project for a direct client, you may want to arrange for a schedule of payments as the work progresses. There are other threads covering this topic.

I am not aware of any consensus regarding late payment charges. The standard I have seen in the U.S. is 1.5% per month. It is also good form to send a reminder when payment is overdue, before applying the late payment fee.

Hope this helps

Susana Galilea
Accredited Translator EUTI

[Edited at 2004-05-04 18:00]

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