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French VAT Fraud Prevention Package to Include a New Attempt to Mandate B2B E-invoicing

The French Minister of Public Accounts and Action, which has authority over all tax matters, has taken advantage of the process that is required to transpose the EU E-Commerce Directive to launch a number of initiatives to curb VAT fraud, including a renewed attempt to create a system of mandatory e-invoicing. Going from B2G to […]

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France: New Mandatory Invoice Content Requirements Introduced

To help reduce delays in the payment of invoices, the French authorities by Ordinance No. 2019-359 of 24 April 2019 have clarified their invoicing rules to include two new mandatory content requirements.  These are in addition to those already in place. Effective from April 2019 the two new requirements stipulated in the France invoice mandate […]

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Italy’s E-Invoicing Mandate Extends to San Marino

Since Italy’s electronic invoicing mandate was introduced at the start of this year, suppliers performing cross-border transactions have been exempt from this obligation.  This is about to change as Italy and the enclaved country of San Marino will shortly agree on mutual mechanisms to allow the use of e-invoices for transactions between the two countries […]

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Why Clearance E-invoicing Is Both Inevitable and Positive for Businesses

Clearance-model e-invoicing will sweep the globe because it works – at least for tax administrations. With the VAT gap opening to more than half a trillion dollars worldwide, governments around the world are likely to follow the Latin American model of tax authorities inserting themselves into transactions. A new report from Bruno Koch at industry […]

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How to Get Control of Your Invoice Archives: It’s Not Too Late

We all know that invoicing processes are increasingly tangled up in real-time and other complex tax requirements around the world. However, when you ask companies if they are in control of the storage of their accounts payable and accounts receivable invoices, you often get somewhat surprised—if not vaguely insulted—reactions. Really, what kind of company doesn’t […]

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With Foriba Acquisition, Sovos Strengthens Position in Modern Tax Software

Today, we announced Sovos will acquire Istanbul-based Foriba, bringing another global pioneer of e-invoicing compliance into the Sovos solution. The Foriba acquisition marks a milestone for Sovos and for our customers around the world, who face a monumental shift in digital taxation. As tax administrations accelerate adoption of continuous compliance, businesses are dealing with the […]

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Europe Embraces Digitized Invoices but Country Specific Requirements are Diverse

Based on the Billentis report of 2019 (The E-invoicing Journey 2019-2025), automated e-invoicing will generally result in cost savings of 60-80% compared to conventional paper format invoices. In this age of digital transformation, optimizing invoice flows is top of corporate agendas for most companies to improve efficiencies and reduce operating costs. And many companies want […]

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Shielding SAP Central Finance Migrations from Tax Compliance Mandates

With more companies focusing on global integration, cross-border supply chains and expanding ecommerce, governments across the globe are introducing new ways to enforce tax rules and close their tax gaps. The evolving global regulatory environment produces unique tax determination and reporting challenges in the United States and additional VAT and e-invoicing compliance challenges around the […]

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Sovos Expert to Speak on Tax Compliance in S/4HANA at SAPPHIRE

Pawel Smolarkiewicz, chief product office at Sovos, will speak on the digital transformation of tax and its effect on SAP S/4HANA at next week’s SAPPHIRE conference in Orlando.   As countries make continuous tax compliance the new normal, businesses are finding that they have to respond by putting tax compliance functionality at the core of […]

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E-invoicing: Optimization Strategies to Withstand the Digital Tax Tsunami

The great corporate awakening Many corporations that previously saw e-invoicing mandates as a developing country problem are now realizing that invasive transaction-based digital tax controls are popping up everywhere around the world. Teams of experts and executives across finance, IT, tax and other functions are being pulled together by leading enterprises to define ways to […]

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SAP Central Finance Drives Move to S/4HANA, Making Tax Compliance a Priority

SAP Central Finance is driving migration to SAP S/4HANA as companies look to deliver value to their finance and accounting organizations, as well as improve on the configuration of previous financial systems. And for most companies making the transition, tax compliance is a priority. In a recent survey by SAP Insider, 74 percent of SAP […]

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SAP Central Finance Migration: Tax Compliance Spells Trouble

SAP S/4HANA is the promised land for SAP customers: an entire suite of ERP functionality in one place with a single data store. The ability to run all ERP capabilities, both from SAP and non-SAP systems, from a single source represents delivery of a model IT professionals and SAP administrators have sought for years. Getting […]

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Sovos Named a 2019 Spend Matters Provider to Know for Procurement Innovation

Sovos has been named a ‘2019 Provider to Know’ by Spend Matters for innovation in procurement. Spend Matters released its 6th annual “50 Providers to Know/50 Providers to Watch” lists today in conjunction with the annual ISM conference, naming Sovos as one of its 50 Providers to Know for 2019. The recognition highlights Sovos’ Intelligent […]

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Continuous Transaction Controls for Tax: Why Reporting vs. Clearance Matters

Very little about the emerging global digital tax environment is simple. That includes the countless different models tax authorities use to execute it. The two types of continuous transaction controls, reporting and clearance, may on the surface look similar but are not at all the same, and companies need to know how to operate under […]

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Portugal‘s New E-Invoicing Rules Impact Archiving and Reporting

Beyond the implications outlined in our last blog, Decree-Law 28/2019 (the Decree-Law)  impacts areas beyond invoicing, introducing modifications to both archiving and the reporting of tax data. Mandatory electronic archiving A novelty of the Decree-Law is the explicit introduction of an obligation to archive electronic invoices in electronic format which in turn further promotes the […]

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Developing a Taste for the Four Flavors of E-archiving

As far back as the 1940s, Coca-Cola used the tagline “It’s the Real Thing” to advertise its famous beverage. The company could just as easily been talking about e-archiving or, at least, answering the question electronic archiving systems have to answer about electronic invoices. E-archiving not just storage. Storage is part of what a compliant […]

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Croatia Mandates B2G E-invoicing From July 2019

Scope and timeline Croatia is one of the few countries in Europe to have chosen to mandate the use of e-invoicing in public procurement processes as outlined in Directive 2014/55/EU and within the transposition deadline of April 2019. The Croatian mandate covers both the issuance and receipt of e-invoices in B2G transactions.  Other countries – […]

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Portugal Issues New E-Invoicing Rules: A Flavour of Clearance but Not Quite There

On 15 February 2019, Portugal published Decree-Law 28/2019 regarding the processing, archiving and dematerialization of invoices and other tax related documents including: The mandatory use of certified invoicing software General requirements for paper and electronic invoices Dematerialization of tax documentation Archiving of tax documentation (including ledgers, etc) Adjacent tax rules and obligations The decree aims […]

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Italy E-invoicing: Esterometro Reporting Requirements for Cross-border Transactions Updated

What is Esterometro? The Italian government’s e-invoicing mandate became effective on 1 January 2019.  While cross-border invoices are exempt, all domestic B2B and B2C invoices must be cleared through the SDI platform. This means that the Italian government and tax authority now have real-time access to the data of all B2B and B2C VAT transactions […]

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In Brief: 19 Things about Compliant Invoice E-archiving

Most enterprises already have one or several solutions for storing electronic data and documents. However, those systems might not meet compliance requirements for storing original electronic invoices and similar legally critical documents. Here is a brief guide to some of the prominent international requirements for acquiring a compliant e-archiving system. The full guide is available […]

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