Billing legislation
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Billing legislation

Article L441-3
(Law n ° 2001-420 of May 15, 2001 art. 53 I Official Journal of May 16, 2001)
Any purchase of products or any service for a professional activity must be invoiced.
The seller is required to issue the invoice upon completion of the sale or provision of the service. The buyer must claim it. The invoice must be drawn up in duplicate. The seller and the buyer must each keep a copy.
The invoice must mention the name of the parties as well as their address, the date of the sale or service, the quantity, the precise name, and the unit price excluding VAT of the products sold and services rendered as well as any reduction in price acquired on the date of sale or provision of services and directly linked to this sale or provision of services, excluding discounts not provided for on the invoice.
The invoice also mentions the date on which payment is due. It specifies the discount conditions applicable in the event of payment on a date prior to that resulting from the application of the general conditions of sale as well as the rate of penalties payable on the day following the date of payment entered on the invoice. Payment is deemed to have been made on the date on which the funds are made available by the client to the beneficiary or his surrogate.Decree of April 30, 2002



price reduction “acquired”

link between operation and reduction



Article L441-4
(Ordinance n ° 2000-916 of September 19, 2000 art. 3 Official Journal of September 22, 2000 in force on January 1, 2002)
Any violation of the provisions of Article L. 441-3 is punishable by a fine of 75,000 euros. The fine can be increased to 50% of the amount invoiced or that which should have been invoiced.
Article L441-5
Legal persons declared criminally responsible for the offense provided for in article L. 441-4 incur a penalty of exclusion from public contracts for a period of five years at most, in application of 5 ° of article 131-39. of the penal code.
Article L441-6
Any producer, service provider, wholesaler or importer is required to communicate its general terms and conditions of sale to any purchaser of products or any requester for the provision of services who requests them for a professional activity. These constitute the basis of commercial negotiation. They understand :

-the conditions of sale;

-the scale of unit prices;

-the price reductions;

-the payment conditions.

The general conditions of sale can be differentiated according to the categories of purchasers of products or of applicants for the provision of services. In this case, the communication obligation prescribed in the first paragraph relates to the general conditions of sale applicable to buyers of products or to requesters of services of the same category.

Any producer, service provider, wholesaler or importer may agree with a purchaser of products or requesting the provision of services on special conditions of sale which are not subject to the communication obligation prescribed in the first paragraph.

Unless otherwise specified in the conditions of sale or agreed between the parties, the deadline for payment of the sums due is set at the thirtieth day following the date of receipt of the goods or of performance of the requested service.

The period agreed between the parties to settle the sums due may not exceed forty-five days at the end of the month or sixty days from the date of issue of the invoice.

Professionals in a sector, customers and suppliers, can jointly decide to reduce the maximum payment period set in the previous paragraph. They may also propose to use the date of receipt of the goods or performance of the service provision requested as the starting point of this period. Agreements are concluded for this purpose by their professional organizations. A decree may extend the new maximum payment period to all operators in the sector or, if necessary, validate the new method of calculation and extend it to these same operators.

Notwithstanding the preceding provisions, for the road transport of goods, for the rental of vehicles with or without driver, for the transport commission as well as for the activities of freight forwarder, shipping agent and air freight, freight broker and customs broker, the agreed payment terms may in no case exceed thirty days from the date of issue of the invoice.

The payment conditions must specify the conditions of application and the interest rate for late payment penalties due on the day following the payment date appearing on the invoice in the event that the sums due are paid after this date. Unless otherwise provided, which cannot however set a rate lower than three times the legal interest rate, this rate is equal to the interest rate applied by the European Central Bank to its most recent refinancing operation increased by 10 percentage points . Late payment penalties are payable without a reminder being necessary.

The communication provided for in the first paragraph is carried out by any means consistent with the practice of the profession.

Failure to comply with the payment deadlines mentioned in the eighth and eleventh paragraphs, the failure to indicate in the payment terms the particulars appearing in the first sentence of the twelfth paragraph as well as the fact of fixing a rate or conditions of payment in accordance with terms not in accordance with the provisions of the same paragraph.


Law n ° 2008-776 of August 4, 2008 JORF of August 5, 2008 art. 21 IV: changes induced by this Act apply to contracts concluded as from 1 st January 2009.

Article L441-6-1

Companies whose annual accounts are certified by an auditor publish information on the payment terms of their suppliers or their customers according to the terms defined by decree.

This information is the subject of a report by the statutory auditor under the conditions set by this same decree. The auditor sends the said report to the minister responsible for the economy if he repeatedly demonstrates significant breaches of the requirements of the ninth and tenth paragraphs of article L.

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