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30 days deadline for paying bills / invoices / slips?

OK, so I see normally we have 30 days for paying an orange payment slip from its issuing date.

But how are those 30 days counted? Is it strictly 30 days, or, for example, if the payment slip is issued on March 13th I can pay it until April 13th (which is a 31-day period)?

IMHO it would be much better if they just stated the deadline explicitly...

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Old 19.03.2015, 16:17
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Re: 30 days deadline for paying bills / invoices / slips?

No idea. I never push it till the end anyway. Don't want to take the risk of paying late and quite frankly at the end of the day it doesn't matter if the money is in the account or not as interest rates are crap.
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Re: 30 days deadline for paying bills / invoices / slips?

I would have thought that logically 30 days means 30 days.
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Re: 30 days deadline for paying bills / invoices / slips?

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No idea. I never push it till the end anyway. Don't want to take the risk of paying late and quite frankly at the end of the day it doesn't matter if the money is in the account or not as interest rates are crap.
Generally, if it isn't paid in time, you'll get a reminder to pay within 10 days. If you miss that, they might add a penalty to the amount.
I always pay my bills at the beginning of the month in which they are due (unless it's right at the end of the month), then I know exactly how much we have left.
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I would have thought that logically 30 days means 30 days.
Yeah, me too, but I've seen people doing it the other way (issued on 13.03, pay on 14.04), so I would like to confirm. Just personal financial planning.

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Yeah, me too, but I've seen people doing it the other way (issued on 13.03, pay on 14.04), so I would like to confirm. Just personal financial planning.
parenthesis correction: issued on 13.03, pay on 13.04

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Old 19.03.2015, 16:34
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Re: 30 days deadline for paying bills / invoices / slips?

If you look carefully not all orange slips give you 30 days. Some of our bills have 40 days and some have a shorter duration - 10 days.

I always check the "payable by" date, to make sure we don't pay anything late.
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If you look carefully not all orange slips give you 30 days. Some of our bills have 40 days and some have a shorter duration - 10 days.

I always check the "payable by" date, to make sure we don't pay anything late.
It's true, but whatever the period I would like to know exactly how it is calculated. And not all slips have the "payable by" date stated (so far I have never seen one with this information). The ones I got usually say "Please pay within XX days", but not an explicit end-date. And some not even that, then I assume it is 30 days.
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Re: 30 days deadline for paying bills / invoices / slips?

Wait till the first reminder and pay. If there is a reminder fee on it say you paid before receiving the reminder.

Usually the reminder says if you've paid before receiving this letter then ignore it.
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Re: 30 days deadline for paying bills / invoices / slips?

Or pay immediately upon receipt. No worries - no late fees - no problems.
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Re: 30 days deadline for paying bills / invoices / slips?

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The ones I got usually say "Please pay within XX days", but not an explicit end-date.
The "Pay within XX days" would usually be in the form of "Pay within XX of receipt of goods/receipt of the invoice/ date of the invoice, etc." I have yet to see an orange slip which does not have a "Pay by" date!
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It's true, but whatever the period I would like to know exactly how it is calculated. And not all slips have the "payable by" date stated (so far I have never seen one with this information). The ones I got usually say "Please pay within XX days", but not an explicit end-date. And some not even that, then I assume it is 30 days.
No date and you ordered something: the payable amount is due when you received the goods.

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Re: 30 days deadline for paying bills / invoices / slips?

And look at the very small print at the bottom of the bill- some give you 5 or even 10% off if you pay straightaway. We missed that on the first workers' bill we ever got- and he refunded the money cash when he popped in for something else.
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Re: 30 days deadline for paying bills / invoices / slips?

I believe that legally you have no waiting time, you must pay as soon as the demand is made. Most suppliers give us 30 days or one month to pay, as a good will, nothing more.

When you are unlucky to get a demand for payment from the government, whether a tax bill or a speeding fine, there are always only 10 days to pay the demand. So assuming there are no special laws for government demands, one must assume that anything over 10 days is purely a good gesture.

Today there is zero interest given on bank account deposits, so why not pay the bills as soon as you can? Eventually you have to pay all of them, and in my disorganisation, the longer a bill is left lying about, the more chance it has of being lost or thrown away. So I pay them fairly soon after they arrive.
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When you are unlucky to get a demand for payment from the government, whether a tax bill or a speeding fine, there are always only 10 days to pay the demand.
I had the problem once because of holidays, I was literally absent from home during a bit more than those exact 10 days. The Einwohneramt was all right with a late payment when I phoned them the day after my return. I wouldn't say they didn't mind, but there was no drama and no fee. Not a big sum, I admit, but still. A very humble voice and clear explanation was enough. Asking if they wanted me to come right away to pay cash made me look good, I suppose, but I really hoped they wouldn't say yes. They said they would have the money next morning if I go to the bank that day, so it was fine. Baselstadt was really not that bad when it comes to administration. One had to talk to them like to 6 years-old children with love and simple language, but it works really fine.
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When you are unlucky to get a demand for payment from the government, whether a tax bill or a speeding fine, there are always only 10 days to pay the demand. So assuming there are no special laws for government demands, one must assume that anything over 10 days is purely a good gesture.
I suspect those 10 days vary by kanton. Just checking a recent speeding fine, in Kt Zurich, you have 30 days.

I usually pay bills as soon as i get them, however.
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OK, so I see normally we have 30 days for paying an orange payment slip from its issuing date.

But how are those 30 days counted? Is it strictly 30 days, or, for example, if the payment slip is issued on March 13th I can pay it until April 13th (which is a 31-day period)?

IMHO it would be much better if they just stated the deadline explicitly...

Thanks,

Ricardo
You can pay it after April 13th as well. "Until" would mean after that date you can't pay it any more. So you're supposed to pay it by that date (actually 12th, which is the 30th day, but it's a Sunday, so 13th is fine).

I pay by bank transfer. If the bill has a due date, then I enter that as the date to pay. If I get a discount for early payment, I pay early. If the bill has no due date, I add 30 days to the date of bill issue and pay on that date. The bank software automatically moves it to the next working day if necessary.

If the bill is from some small business, I pay it straight away.
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I suspect those 10 days vary by kanton. Just checking a recent speeding fine, in Kt Zurich, you have 30 days.
Simpel traffic tickets are allways 30 days. It is a federal law: Art. 5 and 6 OBG

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If the bill has no due date, I add 30 days to the date of bill issue and pay on that date. The bank software automatically moves it to the next working day if necessary.
Do not do that with a traffic ticket. Next working day means you will pay late. If you do not pay the traffic ticket on due time it automaticaly means that you contest the ticket. It will go to a judge, wich can issue a higher fine plus you get billed court fees PLUS you may get a warning or even a driving ban!

Play safe, pay safe, use previous working day.
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OK, so I see normally we have 30 days for paying an orange payment slip from its issuing date.

But how are those 30 days counted? Is it strictly 30 days, or, for example, if the payment slip is issued on March 13th I can pay it until April 13th (which is a 31-day period)?

IMHO it would be much better if they just stated the deadline explicitly...

Thanks,

Ricardo
There are some special rules for it.
As you mentioned, the 30 day period in a 31 day month is always 31 days.
In February however, it is 29 days (a virtual day is counted for leap years).
In October, it is 32 days because the month is longer because of the daylight savings change.
In April and May, it is only 27 days because of the many public holidays which gives people more time to pay their bills.
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