Now it’s slowly getting time: more than five years ago, the EU Directive 2014/55EU was adopted, which makes the introduction of xinvoicing mandatory for public authorities. The deadline for implementation is November – this year!
But the authorities are obviously far from as far advanced as the “Kommunale” trade fair for public authorities in Nuremberg recently showed. The state-run IT service providers in Germany, Austria, Italy and France are currently rather “under” as far as the implementation of the invoice standard is concerned. The demand for consulting services has only really increased with and after the summer break. At the last minute, the authorities are now trying to create the internal conditions for sending and receiving invoices exclusively in electronic form in the future.
Admittedly, the specifications for implementing the standard are not entirely trivial. But they have been known for five years! Anyone who has now done their homework can sit back and relax. However, this was demonstrated at the “Kommunale” in Nuremberg, where many did not do their homework and now have to do detention.
The challenge is not only for the authorities. Also all enterprises of the free economy – all the same whether within the European union or in the European Union foreign country – must be able to switch over in the business traffic with European authorities to electronic calculations. This is not necessarily new territory for sectors such as the automotive industry, mechanical and plant engineering or the chemical industry. For years they have had electronic invoice formats in their program, which now “only” have to be converted to the official format.