Late commercial payments: charging interest and debt recovery
1. When a payment becomes late
You can claim interest and debt recovery costs if another business is late paying for goods or a service.
If you haven’t already agreed when the money will be paid, the law says the payment is late after 30 days for public authorities and business transactions after either:
- the customer gets the invoice
- you deliver the goods or provide the service (if this is later)
You can agree a longer period for payments from one business to another - but if it’s longer than 60 days it must be fair to both businesses.