Germany eases e-invoicing legislation after 1 July 2011

The German Ministry of Finance decided to ease their stringent regulations on e-invoicing as from next 1 July. It was decided that the new regulations should comply with the new EU e-invoicing/VAT Directive. This move of one of Europe’s economic powerhouses is a big signal for other EU Member Countries to easy their legislation too. As the EC recently said, in the near future organizations should be able to fully rely on ‘business controls’ for the controllability of e-invoices.

NOTE: even though advanced electronic signatures or EDI-agreements are no longer a fiscal obligation, they still come in handy. These measures attached to your invoices, eases the burden of proof in fiscal audit measures (in fact the burden of proof then lies at the fiscal authorities) and civil/trade law proceedings (where an invoice plays a vital role).

More information (use Google translate form your own language)
- FAQ on German e-invoicing simplification: http://www.bundesfinanzministerium.de/DE/Wirtschaft__und__Verwaltung/Steuern/Veroeffentlichungen__zu__Steuerarten/Umsatzsteuer/003.html
- Legal German Proposal: http://www.signature-check.de/fileadmin/pdf/BMF_Aenderung_UStG_26Okt2010_Formulierungsentwurf.pdf


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