When to raise my invoice...

I suspect a problem client is trying to delay paying me by faffing about.

The accounts have been completed and she was refusing to answer telephone calls or emails requesting confirmation that there are no outstanding issues with the accounts. I managed to get hold of her today (I had rung her mobile and she clearly hadn't recognised my number) and she admitted the accounts were signed off. As I made this job a priority over other clients and turned them around in 1 week as she had asked very nicely, I'm very annoyed that she has held me off raising by invoice by 2 weeks.

I just wondered at what stage everyone else sent client's their invoice for accounts preparation work? I have spoken to one local accountant who told me she sends the invoice with the final accounts for signing and will not file the accounts or ctax return until payment has been received. Also, one of my clients told me that their previous accountant would send out draft accounts with an invoice and the accounts would be automatically filed within 2 weeks if no further contact was made by the client......honestly they did do that, although I'm not sure how without a signature.

Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

Sarah aka Sir Digby....just in case you missed the anon post.....grrrrr

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do you not know your client?

memyself-eye |
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Advance payment

ShirleyM |
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With accounts

cymraeg_draig |
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Bill them first

Paul Scholes |
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Monthly

Bob Harper |
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Sarah?

andypartridge |

Deposits

justinelaws |
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ireallyshouldknowthisbut |

Monthly does not have to be difficult

Adrian Pearson |

He's repeating himself, repeating himself

Paul Scholes |
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What we do is:-

mmladd |

Many Thanks for all the responses

Sir Digby Chicken Caesar |
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Toughen up - for your own good.

cymraeg_draig |
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Accounts payment

barrowbakers |

I'm with Paul

HudsonCo |