How far back can a vendor send out monthly invoices?

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How far back can a vendor send out monthly invoices?

This is the second time this has happened Last year they sent a years worth of invoices when I called to find out why it was not monthly, she blamed it on the girl who mails them said it would not happen again. I just received 9 months of the monthly invoice again when I called to find out why she was not there never called me back. It is for our cylinder rentals for different types of gas we have to use in the machine shop it is not the same price every month. I told her last year that she is messing up our budget when I close the month it is closed, so it screws everything up. I’m not sure how they do their bookkeeping but to me it seems like she should know that things are being behind. What are my options?

Asked on November 8, 2017 under Business Law, Tennessee


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

While there are many reasons why monthly invoices are better, there is no law saying that you can't periodically be invoiced in a lump sum. In your state, the vendor can legally enforce invoices up to 6 years after the service  or goods were provided (that is based on the "statute of limitations," or time to sue--which therefore also defines the time to enforce, for contracts and accounts due on account). Therefore, as inconvenient or disruptive as this for you, they can invoice you up to 6 years later, and so what they are doing is legal and there is nothing you can do about it (other than changing vendors for the future).

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