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Electronic Invoice B2B

  • On 15 March 2019

The Italian “Legge di Bilancio” (Budget Bill) for 2018 has introduced the mandatory nature of electronic invoicing between private individuals residing or established in Italy as from 1 January 2019, with an advance to 1 July 2018 for operators in the oil and fuel sector.
The economic operators, therefore, will be required to issue invoices only electronically; invoices other than electronic invoices will be considered simply as “not issued”.

The management of B2B invoicing will become an evolution of the already well-known B2G (to the Public Administration), of which it will inherit xml format, transmission methods and replacement storage obligation for statutory purposes.
The electronic invoice consists of an electronic document, similar to a traditional invoice, which instead of being written on paper is produced in digital XML format.

The electronic invoice has the advantages of being created, transmitted and stored both by the issuer and by the receiver exclusively in electronic format. To be considered an electronic invoice this must be digitally signed and time-stamped.

Among the tax reliefs for electronic invoicing we find:

• Exclusion from the transmission of transactions through the spesometro;
• Exclusion from the transmission of communications blacklist operations;
• Exclusion from the transmission of purchases made by San Marino operators;
• Exclusion from the transmission of Intrastat models;
• Checks and checks and tax assessments reduced to 2 years.

In Italy, the electronic invoicing process between private individuals will be managed as per the FatturaPA by the Exchange System (SDI) which will act as a central hub for the forwarding and receipt of invoices between customers and suppliers.

Electronic invoices must be kept in accordance with the law for 10 years, as required by current legislation. The tax obligation is fulfilled with the transition to the exchange system but remains the obligation for civil law purposes.
The solution for electronic invoicing via SAP ERP is called eDocument and consists in the transformation of data traditionally created in SAP (such as FI – SD invoices) into predefined formats for transmission to external systems such as the SDI.

The eDocument is available in the basic and full versions. To have all the functionalities necessary for the management of the active cycle in SAP in a scenario of interconnection with the SDI, the Full solution allows to manage the notifications of outcome (reject, delivery, acceptance or rejection), the mapping of the fields on the XML format , the digital signature and other aspects.

PL3 & Partners is able to offer a complete assessment in order to find the best solution for your reality.

For more information please contact us.


Paolo Ponte

Sales & Marketing Manager