Latest updates in e-documents: Impact of acceleration in e-transformation applications on e-documents

Selin Adler Ring
July 12, 2021

Turkey’s e-transformation journey, which started in 2010, became more systematic in 2012. This process first launched with the introduction of e-ledgers on 1 Jan 2012 and has since reached a much wider scope for e-documents. </p

The Turkish Revenue Administration (TRA), the leader of the e-transformation process, has played an important role in encouraging companies to embrace the digitalization of tax and created a successful model for following tax-related procedures.

You can read more about Turkey’s e-transformation in our e-book Navigating Turkey’s Evolving Tax Landscape.

The process was further accelerated with new requirements for e-documents.

Latest developments and expectations in Turkey’s e-transformation

The TRA continues to widen the scope of e-documents and the types of e-documents in use are:

  • Expense E-Note: This application helps you create electronic expense notes in accordance with TRA standards, retain electronic and hard copies of these notes, submit them to relevant parties and prepare reports.</
  • E-Bank Receipt: With this application, you can create electronic bank receipts in accordance with TRA standards, keep copies of receipts or submit these copies to relevant parties and prepare reports.
  • E-Foreign Exchange Receipt: This allows you to convert forex trading documents into electronic documents via relevant institutions and banks.</
  • E-Insurance Commission Expense Letter: This is an expense note which is created by insurance brokers in an electronic format according to the legislation.
  • E-Insurance Policy: This document is the electronic version of insurance policies issued by insurance, pension and reinsurance brokers.
  • E-Tab: This document shows the list of orders placed by customers in restaurants and cafés.

The digitization journey of e-documents

Many taxpayers have voluntarily adopted the new system since the TRA launched this whole process and TRA’s latest updates for e-documents are critically important to monitor for tax-related procedures.

As e-documents become more popular, any income loss arising from tax procedures will reduce. E-documents offer additional advantages for public institutions and private businesses, such as saving time, minimising costs and improving productivity. It’s certain that the scope of e-documents in Turkey will keep expanding in the future, which will affect taxpayers and tax procedures.

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Selin Adler Ring

Selin is Regulatory Counsel at Sovos. Based in Stockholm and originally from Turkey, Selin’s background is in corporate and commercial law, and currently specializes in global e-invoicing compliance. Selin earned a Law degree in her home country and has a master’s degree in Law and Economics. She speaks Russian, Arabic, English and Turkish.
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