31 U.S. Code § 3904 - Limitations on discount payments

The head of an agency offered a discount by a business concern from an amount due under a contract for property or service in exchange for payment within a specified time may pay the discounted amount only if payment is made within the specified time. For the purpose of the preceding sentence, the specified time shall be determined from the date of the invoice. The head of the agency shall pay an interest penalty on an amount remaining unpaid in violation of this section. The penalty accrues as provided under sections 3902 and 3903 of this title, except that the required payment date for the unpaid amount is the last day specified in the contract that the discounted amount may be paid.


(Added Pub. L. 97–452, § 1(18)(A),Jan. 12, 1983, 96 Stat. 2476; amended Pub. L. 100–496, § 8,Oct. 17, 1988, 102 Stat. 2460.)

Historical and Revision Notes
Revised Section Source (U.S. Code) Source (Statutes at Large)
3904 31 App.:1802. May 21, 1982, Pub. L. 97–177, § 3, 96 Stat. 86.

The word “otherwise” is omitted as surplus. The words “may pay the discounted amount” are substituted for “may make payment in an amount equal to the discounted price” to eliminate unnecessary words. The words “on such unpaid amount” and “the regulations prescribed pursuant to” are omitted as surplus. The words “specified in the contract that the discounted amount may be paid” are substituted for “of the specified period of time described in subsection (a)” for clarity.

1988—Pub. L. 100–496inserted after first sentence “For the purpose of the preceding sentence, the specified time shall be determined from the date of the invoice.”
Effective Date of 1988 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 100–496applicable to payments under contracts awarded, contracts renewed, and contract options exercised during or after the first fiscal quarter which begins more than 90 days after Oct. 17, 1988, see section 14(a) ofPub. L. 100–496, set out as a note under section 3902 of this title.

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