Estonia considers to make B2G e-invoicing mandatory; starts survey

According to the Estonian Finance Ministry current structured exchange of B2G e-invoices is set at a rate of 11%. The rest are in PDF format (which actually also are structured data files or else they could have been able to be generated), or on paper. This result is said to lie behind many European Union Member States.

This is one of the reasons to investigate whether it is more reasonable to implement the Danish or the Finnish model in Estonia. “In Denmark, use of e-bills is mandatory under the law, but in Finland it is voluntary and supported by best practices and motivating the private sector,” Permanent undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance Agris Peedu said.

Other reasons are the fact that the European Commission has set a goal that by the year 2020 primarily e-bills are used in Europe and that e-invoicing in public procurement is mandatory by 2016.

The Estonian Ministry of Finance together with AS Ernst and Young Baltic plans to interview some 50,000 companies and 800 institutions from late May to mid-September to learn whether it is sound to make e-invoicing at large mandatory in Estonia. And to support and provide recommendations for a smooth transition to B2G e-invoicing by 2016.


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