Ecuador starts with mandatory e-invoicing as from 2014

Whereas the EU has just moved from disgarding e-invoicing to full blown liberalised e-invoicing, Ecuador took the next step: mandatory e-invoicing. That puts Ecuador with other –countries with mandatory e-invoicing at least 5 years ahead.

In 2012 the Ecuadorian government performed a e-invoicing pilot with 20 companies. This year (2013) to make the public familiar with the mandatory e-invoicing procedure the tax office provides training from February to June through virtual classrooms and on site in regional tax offices.

How the Ecuadorian mandatory e-invoicing systems works

At least as far as we could get a hold of.

  • Go to the tax agency’s website ( and go to the tab user services, there to click on the link electronic billing said Veronica Davila, manager of the project.
  • A window appears in which the issuer enters its data, such as name, Taxpayer Registry (RUC) number, and other general business information. This part of the process is performed only the first time the system is used.
  • Subsequently, the issuer chooses the document type (an invoice for instance) and then enters the data of the sale.
  • After that you’d have to click on the “Save, sign and return” button.
  • The information will then enter the SRI database. If authorized, a window appears to indicate that the transaction has been authorized.
  • The windows also displays the voucher that will include the data transmitted, the receiver, and the details of the purchase and a bar code.
  • The document will also be sent to the buyer through email. All this will be done immediately at the time of closing any business.

This items was originally post by Bruno Koch on our E-invoicing Platform Linkedin Group. It was originally published here.

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