EDI 820 Payment Order/Remittance Advice - ANSI X12

EDI 820 Specification:

This X12 Transaction Set contains the format and establishes the data contents of the Payment Order/Remittance Advice Transaction Set (820) for use within the context of an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) environment. The transaction set can be used to make a payment, send a remittance advice, or make a payment and send a remittance advice. This transaction set can be an order to a financial institution to make a payment to a payee. It can also be a remittance advice identifying the detail needed to perform cash application to the payee's accounts receivable system. The remittance advice can go directly from payer to payee, through a financial institution, or through a third party agent.

EDI 820 Payment Order/Remittance Advice:

The X12 820 transaction set provides the EDI format for transmitting information relating to payments. It is typically used in conjunction with an electronic transfer of funds for payment of goods, insurance premiums or other transactions. The actual funds transfer is often coordinated through the Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) system, and an 820 may be effectively wrapped in an ACH banking transaction.

The 820 transaction is used in a number of situations:


  • by businesses to provide instructions to banks for making a payment, such as a funds transfer, to a payee
  • by businesses directly to individual suppliers to communicate the details of a pending payment, including adjustments reflected in the payment
  • by companies providing premium payment information to health insurance plans


The information provided in an 820 document includes payer and payee identification, bank and account IDs, invoice number(s), adjustments from an invoice, billed and paid amounts. This information allows the suppliers and health plans to reconcile payments they receive against invoices they have issued.

EDI 820 Format:

BPR*I*4858.77*C*ACH*PBC
TRN*1*8888856834
CUR*BY*USD
REF*ZZ*8888856834
DTM*020*20111213
N1*PE*1 EDI SOURCE
REF*VR*999999
N1*PR*ABC CORP
ENT*1
RMR*IV*999742**631.55*644.44*12.89*PT*0
REF*PO*9995987985
DTM*999*20111206
RMR*IV*999734**489.81*499.81*10*PT*0
REF*PO*0007986970
DTM*999*20111206
RMR*IV*999740**882.51*900.52*18.01*PT*0
REF*PO*0007987985
DTM*999*20111206
RMR*IV*999735**1559.45*1591.28*31.83*PT*0
REF*PO*0008987657
DTM*999*20111206
RMR*IV*999736**7.78*7.94*0.16*PT*0
REF*PO*0005987886
DTM*999*20111206
RMR*IV*999744**342.17*349.15*6.98*PT*0
REF*PO*0009988315
DTM*999*20111206
RMR*IV*999741**946.68*966*19.32*PT*0
REF*PO*0008987985
DTM*999*20111206
RMR*OS*64024003**-1.18*-1.18*0*CM*0
REF*PO*990209
DTM*999*20111202

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