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Four must reads on Brazilian and LATAM e-invoicing rules of the game

When it comes to legally compliant e-invoicing in Latin America, Invoiceware is your source to go to. Just as a few weeks they provided a series of articles on the rules of the game in Brazil and in Latin America. Such as the post on the latest version of Nota Fiscal (version 3.1), demanding all companies to be live with by the end of 2014. And this post "2014 Changes to Brazil Nota Fiscal – Challenge or Opportunity?" But also their post on how national government e-invoicing compliance affects a global SAP deployment. And last but certainly not least: "Avoiding Trouble When Doing Business In Latin America: Does Your Local Supplier Have Best Practices In Place?"

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EU proposes draft directive on e-invoicing in public procurement

The European Commission has issued a DRAFT directive on e-invoicing in public procurement. Accompanied by a EU communication setting out its vision for the full digitisation of the public procurement process (so-called 'end-to-end e-procurement'), the Commission estimates that the adoption of e-invoicing in public procurement across the EU could generate savings. Savings of up to a lousy €2.3 billion.
Yes, a lousy €2.3 billion. Because that is what The Netherlands can save with e-invoicing alone. That said, the press release states that this draft directive proposes the establishment of a European e-invoicing standardwhich is expected to improve interoperability between different, mainly national, e-invoicing systems. It will also help boost the uptake of e-invoicing in Europe which remains very low, accounting for only 4-15% of all invoices exchanged.

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Importance of Interoperability – key to e-invoice success

Imagine a situation where before calling to your friend you would need to first find out what GSM operator he uses. After that you would need to log in to your own GSM operator website and check if this operator has the connectivity to your friend’s operator. And if it doesn’t, you should take a pre-paid SIM card from your friends GSM operator, insert it into your phone and only then you can make a call to your friend. Extremely inconvenient, isn’t it? Now, it's time that e-invoicing is going to match the international mobile phone arena.

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Oh boy, only signed XML B2G e-invoices are allowed in Italy as from 2014.

We heard the rumors. That the nineth-largest economy of the world decided to go for mandatory B2G e-invoicing as from 2014 for specific entities like the Italian ministries, tax office, the national security and welfare departments. All other public sector bodies must comply by June 2015. Once these deadlines have passed, the government will no longer pay invoices that do not meet the requirements.
And that raises to quite some eyebrowes: only signed XML B2G e-invoices are allowed in Italy as from June 2014. And to date it is unclear to what extend the Italian government is going to facilitate suppliers in this change. So e-invoicing adoption? Yes. But also heavy handed, ignoring supplier value and contrary to the idea of equal treatment.

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Draft recommendation on interoperability and a semantic data model for e-invoicing [help]

We need your help. Well actually, the EU Multistakeholder Forum on E-invoicing needs your help. Help in the form of feedback on the "draft recommendation on interoperability and a semantic data model for electronic Invoicing".
There is also a "background document" as well as a "comment template" for your comment. Please help the EU Forum and send your feedback before 23 of May to peter[dot]potgieser[at]rbs[dot]com.

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GXS Achieves GS1 UK Accreditation

May 3, 2013  |  Standards

GXS announced to have received GS1 UK accreditation as an eCom (EDI) and GDS solution provider. GS1 UK accreditation is offered in one of four standards and validates the accredited organisation’s knowledge and understanding of GS1 standards.
"Many companies are now requiring certification as part of their B2B provider selection process, making the GS1 UK accreditation increasingly important” said Jon Keating, vice president of EMEA at GXS. “The accreditation certifies our products incorporate the GS1 standards, which we believe offers our customers even more confidence when selecting GXS.

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Dutch service providers start roaming initiative: simplerinvoicing

May 1, 2013  |  Electronic Invoicing, Standards

14 of 85 Dutch e-invoicing and accounting software providers launched SimplerInvoicing. It is set out to become a network of cooperating service providers. SimplerInvoicing aims to enhance the invoicing process of senders and receivers of e-invoices to establish large scale adoption. This means that e-invoicing is set to become generic for consumers, small/medium/large businesses and governments.

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Mexico is aiming for total electronic invoicing in 2014

Mexico is making two major changes this year to aim for total e-invoicing. The first one is termination of the CFD model and making CFDI adoption mandatory. This means that suppliers will no longer be able to create their own electronic invoices but will have to work with a service provider. The other one is reducing the minimum annual income level required for companies to comply with the Mexiacan e-Invoicing mandate is USD 150,000.

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Mexico is aiming for total electronic invoicing in 2014

Mexico is making two major changes this year to aim for total e-invoicing. The first one is termination of the CFD model and making CFDI adoption mandatory. This means that suppliers will no longer be able to create their own electronic invoices but will have to work with a service provider. The other one is reducing the minimum annual income level required for companies to comply with the Mexiacan e-Invoicing mandate is USD 150,000.

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OB10 supports ZUGFeRD e-Invoice standard for greater adoption among German SMEs

March 26, 2013  |  Electronic Invoicing, Europe, Standards

ZUGFeRD has been developed by BMWi, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, and BITKOM, the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media, and includes input from OB10. Using ZUGFeRD, OB10 is able to provide e-invoicing adoption to a growing number of German SMEs willing to start with e-invoicing and invoice automation.

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