What would be a reasonable late fee for a Canadian client?
Thread poster: Rosa Maria Duenas Rios (X)

Rosa Maria Duenas Rios (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:38
Sep 7, 2005

I have a client who fell behind in some of her payments, but has accepted to pay a late fee on past due invoices.

I would appreciate if any of our Canadian colleagues could suggest what would be a reasonable interest rate or late fee that I could add to the said invoices. Thanks in advance!

[Edited at 2005-09-07 20:14]


Will Matter  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 23:38
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One and one half percent per month Sep 7, 2005

This is a fairly standard rate. Comes out to be 18% per year, simple interest. Use your best judgement.


Johanna Timm, PhD  Identity Verified
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English to German
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Two percent per month Sep 7, 2005

...that's what I charge. My invoices include the sentence (and NOT in pt.6icon_wink.gif: 'For payment received later than 30 days after the invoice date, a surcharge of 2% per month applies.'

Cheers from Western Canada,


Rosa Maria Duenas Rios (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:38
Thanks! Sep 8, 2005

Thank you, Will and Johanna. I have sent a modified invoice to my client based on what I had read on the web and your comments; let's hope I will get paid this time! Regards.


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