Latin American VAT and 2016 E-invoicing mandates

The rate of change of business-to-government compliance mandates in Latin America continues compounding, with no less than 10 (ten!) new regulations expected in 2016. Managing these changes can be challenging at all levels of a corporation – from IT integration to new processes and controls in finance and supply chain management to operational delays and financial penalties that directly impact the C-suite. And these are issues faced with just a single regulation change!

Below is a quick overview of the mandates multinationals need to pay attention to this year.


  • SPED FIsccal Bloco K (Bloco K): In a significant expansion to its reporting requirements, Brazil will require companies to submitmonthly inventory and production reports. Although it recently shifted the first implementation deadline back to January 1, 2017, this new mandate will require complex changes to many corporations’ tax accounting and reporting process that need to be addressed long before the deadline hits.
  • eSocial: Employers in Brazil will now be required to submit all labor, social security, tax and fiscal information related to hiring and employment practices. This mandate goes into effect in September for companies with revenues exceeding $78 million USD and in January 2017 for all other enterprises.


  • Following the multitude of Latin American countries that have increased tax collections through e-invoicing, Colombia is now mandating similar measures. The mandate will affect over 50,000 companies through 2017. Technical specifications were released this week.


  • Starting in January 2016, Peru added six new electronic reporting requirements, in addition to e-invoicing, required by companies with revenues greater than $3.69 million USD.
  • In July 2016, approximately 12,000 companies will be added to Peru’s electronic invoicing requirement.
  • In December 2016, another 500 companies will be required to adopt electronic invoicing.


  • Uruguay has introduced a more structured approach to mandated e-invoicing, with all companies with revenue equal to or greater than ~$3.1 million USD required to adopt electronic invoicing by June 2016. Previously, the government individually notified mandated taxpayers, but is now standardizing the process.
  • Companies with 2015 revenue equal to or greater than ~$1.5 million USD must adopt electronic invoicing by December 2016.


  • In response to complaints that obtaining government approval prior to shipping was delaying business operations, Ecuador is moving its e-invoicing to an “offline” process – providing a 24-hour buffer for companies to submit e-invoices and no longer requiring an approval code to ship.


  • Mexico is expected to introduce an updated XML schema (version 3.3) in 2016, which will likely require new customization within your ERP.
  • Mexico has announced that they will start eAudits in the second half of 2016. Currently, the tax authority performs 45,000 audits a year and they are expected to transition at least 4000 of those to electronic means

It’s no secret that regulations change swiftly in Latin America, but seeing all of these changes in one place may seem daunting – especially since it’s still just the first quarter. Now is the time to evaluate a more proactive compliance solution – one that keeps your company ahead of changes and identifies areas for innovation in the face of these complex mandates.

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