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NSW Australian Consumer Law on Invoicing Clients for Over $1000?

Discussion in 'Australian Consumer Law Forum' started by Richie, 15 October 2016.

  1. Richie

    Richie Member

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    i would like to know the Australian Consumer law around invoicing to a client for over $1000. My understanding is that you need to have the buyer and seller name or ABN on the invoice, however, what if the buyer wants to remain anonymous? Surely the seller can write an invoice without the name of the buyer (except a code like 4300-2568-car sale) for say $5000 to the buyer?

    I would like to understand how enforced this law is.

    Thanks
     
  2. Tim W

    Tim W Lawyer

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    What's the background to your question?
     
  3. Rod

    Rod Well-Known Member

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    An invoice is a legal document that is a claim for money.

    If the deal goes sour for any reason the seller needs the buyer's name so he can enforce a claim against the buyer. Having a code name is unlikely to identify a legal identity against whom the seller can make a claim.

    Seller is within their rights to insist on the buyer's name (individual or business) on the invoice.
     
  4. Tim W

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    The only time you would sensibly produce an anonymous invoice is for a cash sale.
    And even then, it would depend on the product or service, and the circumstances.
    (for example, it's one thing to be discreet about the purchase of a gift,
    but it's potentially another thing entirely to try and conceal the identity of a party to a transaction).

    If it's a sale in trade or commerce (no matter sole trader or other entity),
    and that entity (you) is registered for GST, then you'll need to produce a Tax Invoice anyway.
     

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