Direct Debit

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SEPA Direct Debit Mandate

Beispiel der Pflichtangaben auf einem SEPA Lastschriftmandat

The SEPA Direct Debit Mandate must include the following mandatory information:

  • 1

    Name or designation of the payee (creditor)

  • 2

    Creditor Identifier

  • 3

    Name of the payer (debtor)

  • 4

    Name of the payer’s bank

  • 5

    IBAN of the payer (for direct debits from EU countries, the BIC is also required)

  • 6

    Handwritten signature of the debtor (only for mandates in paper form)

  • The SEPA Direct Debit Mandate: Once issued, a direct debit mandate is valid for an unlimited period as long as it is not revoked by the debtor. Revocation is possible at any time. There is only one exception: If the payee does not collect a direct debit for more than 36 months, the mandate expires. It must then be reissued by the debtor.

Basic Direct Debit or B2B Direct Debit?

In principle, the two procedures for cashless payment transactions are similar. However, there are also significant differences.

SEPA Basic Direct Debit Mandate

  • Transactions with private customers
  • The only thing checked is the existence of a mandate. The data itself is not checked for accuracy
  • Return of an unauthorized direct debit without giving reasons within a period of 8 days possible
  • No specific formal requirements

SEPA B2B Direct Debit Mandate

  • Transactions with business customers
  • Companies deposit copies of their B2B Direct Debits with their own bank
  • Verification of SEPA B2B Direct Debit Mandate data by the debtor’s bank prior to execution.
  • Return of the direct debit is usually not possible
  • In addition to the content requirements, the SEPA B2B Direct Debit Mandate must also meet certain formal requirements

SEPA Basic Direct Debit

Voraussetzungen bei einem SEPA Basislastschftift

The basic direct debit procedure is generally used for transactions with consumers. However, it can also be used in principle for the collection of direct debits for corporate customers. The debtor has 8 weeks to object to an incorrect direct debit if the mandate is available and valid. The mandate does not have to meet any formal requirements

SEPA B2B Direct Debit

The situation is different with the B2B direct debit procedure. Since this can be used primarily in B2B business, the debtor not only issues a mandate to the creditor to collect direct debits, but must also have deposited this mandate with his own bank before executing the first direct debit. Since the bank checks this data before executing the direct debit, it is generally not possible to return direct debits. This is a major advantage of the B2B direct debit procedure for you as an entrepreneur.

  • Unlike the basic direct debit, the B2B direct debit also has formal requirements.

Wann kommt die SEPA Firmenlastschrift zum Einsatz?


Right now it is possible for you as an easybill user to collect direct debits directly from your easybill account via an interface to your bank (the provider finAPI)will be used here).

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Possibility of Revoking Direct Debits

If there is a valid mandate but the direct debit was wrongly collected, the debtor has 8 weeks to complain to his bank and object to the direct debit

  • If the direct debit was collected without a valid mandate, the right of revocation is extended to 13 months after the direct debit. In this case, the payee must prove that a valid mandate existed at the time of the direct debit.

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Fees/Return Direct Debit Charges

If a direct debit is disputed by the customer or cannot be honored for lack of funds, charges will be incurred between the payer’s bank and the payee’s bank. These shall be borne by the payee. The payee’s bank may also charge him additional fees for this.

Therefore, the bank carefully checks the creditworthiness and sets the direct debit commitment as the maximum amount for a contingent credit. This check is intended to ensure that any returned direct debits do not lead to major financial problems for the company.

Practical Example


Example 1

A creditor collects direct debits from its customers in the amount of EUR 10,000, which are credited to its account “subject to reservation”.

He uses the full amount for purchases in his company. If these direct debits are now disputed, the account balance becomes a debit, since the entrepreneur has already disposed of the money.


Example 2

A commitment for 5,000 EUR has been made.
Now 3 direct debits are to be collected:

1. direct debit: 1,000 EUR
2. 2. direct debit: 3,000 EUR
2. direct debit: 2,000 EUR

Since the total amount is now 6,000 EUR and thus exceeds the obligation, the last direct debit can only be submitted when sufficient availability has been restored by the payment of one of the first two direct debits.

Advance notice and lead times

According to the SEPA Direct Debit Regulation, the debtor must be informed in advance of the collection. This is called “pre-notification”. If no other deadline has been agreed (e.g. via GTC), this notification must be made 14 days before the direct debit collection is due. This pre-notification is intended to give the debtor the opportunity to ensure that the account is sufficiently covered.

  • In order for a direct debit to be collected at the desired time, it must generally be submitted to the bank at least one banking day before the due date.

Vorabankündigung und Vorablaufzeit bei Lastschriften


In easybill you can create so-called SEPA XML records for your invoices. For your recurring invoices, this can even be done automatically. The data records can then be downloaded collectively in an XML file and submitted to your bank (e.g. via online banking): Collection from customer via SEPA direct debit

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Direct Debiting made easy with easybill

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