I’m talking about something you should pay for. “Invoice” means here no proof of payment. Sometimes they ask me to pay my “bill” and sometimes they call similar paper (physical or virtual) as “bill”. The only difference I can think of is that the “bill” seems to be something that you pay for before you use it, whereas the “bill” is the opposite. However, this distinction is not clear because my university now also calls the tuition a bill (I am already studying if I pay the “bill”).
Could someone explain the difference to me?
An invoice is a payment request that contains the information required to send the payment to the issuer. This normally includes the name of the exhibitor, the address, the terms of payment and, if applicable, an account number. The invoice is also assigned a number, a unique key identifier in relation to the issuer.
Later, this number can be referenced in future correspondence. An invoice may or may not contain any of the above information. In general, however, this is done on an invoice.
The distinction between these two words is more a matter of habit and business being worked on. For example, a lawyer charges billable hours to a customer. In the summary “you have to pay your bills on time.” The work that is normally commissioned generates an invoice.
Bill in the sense that we discuss is Anglo-Saxon and dates from the fifteenth century, and the bill is in French (envoy, “dispatch”) of the seventeenth century. You might argue that the invoices are attached to the items delivered, but in practice, several processes over time seem to have picked one or the other term out of tradition and custom.