Contribution by Maria Cambien
Companies/ any taxpayer doing business in the EU are subject to a single set of basic EU-wide invoicing rules (Articles 217-240 VAT Directive), and in certain areas, national rules set by the individual EU country.
Basic principles of the EU-wide rules are:
- Electronic invoices are equivalent to paper – national tax authorities cannot require businesses to provide any notification or to receive authorization.
- Businesses are free to issue electronic invoices subject to acceptance by the recipient. However, e-invoicing will become obligatory in public procurement.
- Businesses can outsource invoicing operations to a third party or to the customer (i.e. self-billing), in some circumstances.
- Businesses are generally free to store invoices where and how they like (paper/electronic, in a different EU country to where they are based, etc.)
A detailed explanation of EU-wide invoicing rules is provided in Explanatory notes
As regards the National rules
- EU rules provide flexibility for EU countries to make national choices.
- EU Commission publishes the details of the specific provisions approved by each EU country on its website.
Source: European Commission https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/business/vat/eu-vat-rules-topic/vat-invoicing-rules_en
#invoicing #einvoicing #eubasicrules #nationalrules #centralization #standardization #ssc #bpo #vatcoe