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Germany’s Mandatory e-Invoicing: Key Information for Businesses to Prepare for Compliance

  • Germany is introducing mandatory e-invoicing for B2B transactions starting on 1 January 2025
  • Transitional rules will apply through 2027 to help companies manage implementation costs
  • E-invoicing is the exchange of electronic documents between a supplier and buyer
  • German e-invoicing rules are in line with EU proposals and standards
  • Formats that comply with CEN 16931 include ZUGFeRD and XRechnung
  • E-invoicing will be required for entrepreneurs established in Germany starting in 2025
  • Transitional rules will be in place for the introduction of e-invoicing in stages
  • Small-value invoices and travel tickets are exceptions to the e-invoicing obligation


Note that this post was (partially) written with the help of AI. It is always useful to review the original source material, and where needed to obtain (local) advice from a specialist.


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