Compliance Updates

Overview
Navigating the minefield of invoice regulations
Every country has its own set of rules and regulations that your company must adhere to, and violating these rules, intentionally or not, can result in significant penalties.
Tungsten Network’s mastery of the international regulatory environment helps you generate legally compliant cross-border purchase order and invoice documents. Search below for the latest developments in fiscal law from around the world.

The latest updates from around the world

world Greece
calendar 05/01/2021

Greece MyData: delayed again

Greece’s e-Invoicing and e-Books mandate, which was supposed to have started on January 1, 2020, has been delayed again. Under pressure of the COVID 19 economic impacts and following requests from the business community, Greece’s AADE has decided to postpone the compulsory usage of the MyData e-Invoicing and e-Books platform until April 2021. Also, the platform is still undergoing development. We are currently analysing the impact of this delay as companies can still voluntarily submit transactional data to the platform.

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world Germany
calendar 05/01/2021

VAT Rates Germany: temporary VAT reductions now rolled back

As part of its economic stimulus package, Germany lowered their VAT rates in July 2020 to 16% for the base rate and 5% for the reduced rate. This tax measure ended on 31 December 2020, as planned.
From 1 January 2021 the “old” VAT rates (19% base rate and 7% reduced rate) will apply as before July 2020. What does this mean:
• Invoices for goods and services with a time of supply (tax point) after 31 December 2020 must use the original VAT rates (19% and 7%)
• Invoices for goods and services with a tax point before January 1, 2021, must still use the July 2020 rates: 16% and 5%

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world China
calendar 02/01/2021

Special VAT e-Fapiao pilot extension 

China’s e-invoicing pilot for Special VAT invoices is gaining traction quickly. The pilot was already live in 11 regions and has now been extended into another 25 regions. The project is somewhat delayed; e-invoicing is now expected to be available countrywide in the course of 2021. (The original plan was to have full country coverage by the end of 2020).

The Special VAT e-invoicing initiative aims to replace the existing Fapiao process, which is fully paper-based, and which requires taxpayers to use government pre-numbered invoices and visit local tax offices to produce such invoices.

Businesses are typically selected and certified for the pilot. Certified companies use the State “Public Service Platform of Electronic VAT Invoice” using their ‘U Key’ login terminal, which is a hardware component provided by local tax offices. On the Public Service Platform taxpayers request approval for the type and number of sales invoices they will issue in a certain period. The Public Platform is also used for the permanent storage of invoices. Invoice corrections (credit notes) can also be issued using the Service Platform (using red-lined special Fapiaos).

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world United Kingdom
calendar 23/12/2020

HMRC VAT identification validation checker

As the VIES VAT identification check will no longer be available in UK post Brexit, HMRC has launched its own VAT identification validation checker. To access the tool, please follow this link.

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world Romania
calendar 23/12/2020

Jumping on the bandwagon?

The Romanian Finance Minister has announced that the Romanian government intends to introduce an e-invoicing system. Currently, there is no more information available. We will monitor the announcements and report on further progress in the upcoming compliance updates.

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world Poland
calendar 23/12/2020

Looking at implementing e-invoicing via the National System of e-invoices (KSeF)

The Polish Ministry of Finance (‘MoF’) is looking into amending the VAT act by introducing the possibility of issuing electronic invoices next to the current paper and electronic invoices, via KSeF – the National System of e-Invoices. Next to the business benefits of e-invoicing (such as cost reductions, better transparency, and shorter payment cycles), there will be further advantages to the taxpayer such as a reduction of the deadline for VAT refunds from 60 to 45 days. The project is planned to commence in the first quarter of 2021. However, it seems that this system will be moved to mandatory usage later in 2022.

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world France
calendar 18/12/2020

Still on track for mandatory e-invoicing and VAT e-reporting

Last November 24, the French DGFiP presented its report to external stakeholders that details the road to widespread use and adoption of electronic invoicing in France and the obligation to report VAT electronically as of 2023.

At the beginning of 2021, a “Project Department” will be set up within the DGFiP. This department will lead the next steps. In collaboration with the AIFE, further consultations, organised in “Working Groups”, with stakeholders, will be happening during 2021 to further detail requirements, best practices, and support structure alignment with the needs of companies.

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world Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
calendar 18/12/2020

Mandatory electronic invoicing

As stated before in our earlier update, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is making fast progress with the introduction of compulsory e-invoicing. The electronic invoicing system aims to drive down shadow economy transactions and to fight commercial concealment.

The Saudi General Authority of Zakat and Tax approved the new electronic invoicing regulation on Friday 4 December 2020. The electronic billing regulation contains seven articles that regulate the mechanism for issuing and keeping electronic invoices for taxpayers. The regulation also stipulates the procedural rules and timings, as well as further provisions, procedures and persons subject to these. Mandatory issuance of electronic invoices will commence from 4 December 2021; followed by mandatory invoice reporting to the government in June 2022.

For further information, please review the English version of the e-invoicing Regulations and FAQs as recently released by GAZT.

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world Portugal
calendar 05/12/2020

Postponement of single document code ('ATCUD')

In decree 195/202, the Portuguese Government announced the requirement for businesses to include a single document code (ACTUD) on invoices and other documents relevant for taxation by January 2021. This has now been delayed until 2022.

However, Ministerial Order nº 412/2020.XXI stipulates that the Portuguese Tax Authority should strengthen support for taxpayers in meeting the obligation to include a QR Code (Quick Response Code) on invoices from 01/01/2021.

Please follow the link here for the technical specifications of the QR Code.

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world Italy
calendar 03/12/2020

Draft 2021 Budget Law drives changes to the e-invoicing mandate from 2022

The (draft) 2021 Budget Law will introduce changes to the Italian e-invoicing requirements, which will -in principle- come into effect from 2022: 

  • Obligation to transmit transactions with non-residents (entities not established for VAT) to the Sistema di Interscambio (SdI). This in fact means that they cross-border reporting (Esterometro) will no longer be in use.
  • The FATTURA XML may see new fields and additional checks for supplies with declaration of intent.
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world Norway
calendar 29/10/2020

Norway: Reduced VAT rate extension

Norway has extended the 6% Reduced VAT Rate beyond October 31. A new end date has not yet been established.

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world Spain
calendar 21/10/2020

Spain - Extension emergency zero-rate

In April 20’, the Spanish Government introduced a temporary zero VAT rate for purchases and imports by public entities, hospitals and other not-for profit organisations of surgical masks and sanitary products. This was due to expire on July 31 but has been extended to 31 October 2020 working retrospectively from the date the original derogation expired.

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world Ireland
calendar 16/10/2020

Ireland: Reduction in VAT Rate for hospitality sector

Ireland will temporarily reduce the VAT rate for the hospitality sector (hotels, restaurants, bars, etc.) from 13.5% to 9%. The change is effective from November 1, 2020 until 31 December 2021.

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world Poland
calendar 07/10/2020

Poland; full steam ahead with B2B invoice clearance

The Polish Ministry of Finance plans to roll out a B2B VAT invoice clearance mandate (like the Italian SdI model) expected at the latest in 2022, with some sources citing an implementation closer to mid-2021.

Read more.

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world Greece
calendar 07/10/2020

Greece delay Oct 1st invoice registration mandate

The Greek Government did an about turn on Oct 1st, the day of the mandate, to extend the voluntary period for invoice registration to January 1st 2021 citing economic impact of COVID and business readiness.

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world Hungary
calendar 07/10/2020

Hungary introduces a new file structure for online invoice data reporting

The Hungarian tax authority recently published a new file structure that will be the basis for online invoice data reporting in 2021. The new file structure is XSD version 3.0.

Read more. 

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world United States of America
calendar 07/10/2020

USA explores the possibilities for standardised e-invoicing

The American Business Payments Coalition (BPC) is leading a 3-year effort to explore the feasibility of developing and implementing a standard framework for ubiquitous B2B electronic invoicing for the US market.

Read more. 

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world United Kingdom
calendar 07/10/2020

The UK extends its reduction of the VAT rate for tourism and hospitality

The temporary VAT rate reduction to 15% VAT for the tourism and hospitality sectors will be extended up to the end of March 2021.

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world Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
calendar 22/09/2020

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; on its way to an e-invoicing mandate

On the 17th September Saudi’s General Authority for Zakat and Taxes recently published a draft e-invoicing regulation and have sought consultation with industry experts to provide input into their proposals. Tungsten is actively engaged in the consultation process which ends on October 14th.

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world Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
calendar 20/05/2020

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) announces a base-rate VAT increase

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) announces a base-rate VAT increase from 5% to 15%: KSA’s Minister of Finance, Mr. Al Jadaan, announced starting from 1 July 2020 the VAT rate will increase from 5% to 15%.

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world India
calendar 17/03/2020

India delays invoice mandate

The Indian government announced its invoice registration mandate late 2019, putting forward a very challenging go-live date of 1 April 2020 – they are now reporting they will be postponing the effective date of the mandate until 1 October 2020.

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world China
calendar 09/03/2020

China moves forward with plans to improve VAT law functionality

The Chinese State Tax Administration (STA) provided a public update on multiple tax-related topics, including a development plan for electronic special VAT invoices.

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world Poland
calendar 09/03/2020

Poland marches forward with November deadline for B2G e-invoicing

Poland is taking the next step in the introduction of a national digital platform supporting its main public services with the introduction of mandatory e-invoicing for B2G transactions.

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world Germany
calendar 10/03/2020

Germany's B2G e-invoicing approaches second phase

Germany has announced its schedule for mandatory B2G e-Invoicing. As April approaches, the second phase will come into action for the regional and communal levels. Tungsten is here to help – we can support your invoice delivery of the XRechung through our PEPPOL connection.

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world Greece
calendar 03/03/2020

Greece announce e-invoicing plans to improve their national VAT gap

In a bid to fight indirect tax evasion, the Greek government is adopting an invoice clearance model that is similar to Mexico’s current setup.

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world India
calendar 21/02/2020

Further information on the Indian mandate

From 1st April 2020, all businesses with a turnover of at least Rs.100 Crore will be obliged to start using the IRP.

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world The Philippines
calendar 27/01/2020

Unilever and Tungsten obtain CAS usage permit in the Philippines

After several years of collaboration, we can officially announce that a usage permit between Unilever and Tungsten was finally granted in early January 2020.

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world India
calendar 19/12/2019

Indian e-invoicing deadline confirmed for April 2020

It has now been confirmed that India will have launched their Invoice Registration Portal in early 2020, which will see mandatory usage for medium and large taxpayers from April 2020.

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world Italy
calendar 28/06/2018

Italy extends fuel suppliers deadline for B2B e-invoicing

The Italian government has announced that suppliers of fuel must begin sending B2B e-invoices by 1 January 2019, along with all other companies with an Italian VAT number.

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world Spain
calendar 13/06/2018

Spain extends B2G e-invoicing mandate

Spain has announced an extension of the existing B2G mandate to subcontractors involved in public contracts/tenders, effective from 1 July 2018.

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world Greece
calendar 11/05/2018

Greece to mandate B2B e-invoicing

The Independent Authority of Public Revenue (Α.Α.Δ.Ε.) announced its intention in introduce mandatory e-invoicing and e-maintenance of accounting books as of 1 January 2020.

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world Italy
calendar 20/04/2018

EU permits derogation for Italian B2B e-invoicing mandate

The European Commission has permitted a derogation to articles 218 and 232 of Directive 2006/112/EC for Italy, as their B2B mandate was in direct conflict to these. The Italian mandate can now be rolled out without contravening any EU laws.

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world South Africa
calendar 01/04/2018

South Africa changes VAT rates

Standard VAT rate is increased from 14% to 15% from 1 April 2018.

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world Qatar
calendar 31/01/2018

VAT implementation in Qatar

In February 2016 the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) announced that Value-Added Tax (VAT) would be rolled out throughout the Gulf States, starting in January 2018.

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world Germany
calendar 31/01/2018

Germany mandates B2G e-invoicing

The European Union (EU) VAT Directive 55 obliges all EU public authorities to receive invoices electronically by 27 November 2018.

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world UAE
calendar 01/01/2018

United Arab Emirates implements VAT

In February 2016 the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) announced that Value-Added Tax (VAT) would be rolled out throughout the Gulf States, starting in January 2018.

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world Saudi Arabia
calendar 01/01/2018

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia implements VAT

In February 2016 the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) announced that Value-Added Tax (VAT) would be rolled out throughout the Gulf States, starting in January 2018.

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world Sweden
calendar 01/01/2018

Sweden implements EU VAT Directive 55

The European Union (EU) VAT Directive 55 obliges all EU public authorities to receive invoices electronically, or at least to have a defined for how they will do so, by 27 November 2018.

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