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The total value of our claim at this time is, as follows:

lxxlxlxlx
xlxlxlxl

Is it appropriate to use a comma after "is"?

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Hi Diane,

Sorry for the delay. No, there should not be a comma in this sentence.
Commas are used in the following ways:

After an introduction phrase
To separate items in a list
To separate independent clauses
To separate parenthetical elements

If you say that sentence out loud many people may pause when speaking after "is", but that does not necessarily indicate a need for a comma.

I hope that helps.
Kind Regards,
-Johnathan  

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