What is the point of a debt write-off?

Verified 06 October 2021 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

An acknowledgement of debt is a writing in which a person, called debtor, undertakes to pay a sum of money to another person, called creditor.

In the event of a conflict with the debtor, the acknowledgement of debt shall constitute a guarantee for the creditor where it contains the following information:

  • Date and signature of debtor
  • Name, forename, address, date and place of birth of debtor and creditor
  • Amount of the sum lent, indicated in figures and letters (in case of difference between the 2 amounts, only the sum written in full is taken into account)
  • Date on which the payment of the debt will be due
  • If provided, indication of the interest rate (not to exceed wear rate)

It can be made in the form of a authentic instrument by a notary or in the form privately signed document.

In the latter case, the following document template can be used:

Model for recognizing debts or loans between individuals

There is no maximum amount of debt that can't be exceeded.

Please note

the debtor and the creditor must report this amount to tax, in some cases.