Understanding the French E-Invoicing Mandate Delay: Five Ways to Make it Work for You

October 23, 2023

When it was announced recently that the introduction of a new French e-invoicing mandate had been delayed until September 2026 there was a collective sigh of relief amongst many in the tax and finance world. More time to adequately prepare, put systems and methodologies in place and have your business ready to be compliant from the get-go.

Sounds optimal, but let’s focus on reality. First, the reported delay is a bit deceiving. While it may not officially take effect until 2026, you only have a matter of months to get prepared to participate in the extended trial. Human nature may be to push it to the side and focus on more short-term deadlines. However, to not take advantage of the extra time provided would be shortsighted at best.

Here are five ways you can make this extra time work for you: 

  1. Take time to fully understand the mandate and how it impacts your organization. Be prepared to answer questions such as, where will e-invoicing and e-reporting data come from? Do we need to involve IT. Use this time to eliminate surprises.
  2. Study and consider what other aspects of the business may be impacted by this mandate. Understand what other business data is required for a smooth integration and approvals. Consider confidentiality and data privacy.
  3. Begin to align internal processes, workflows and systems in preparation for impending changes. This is your opportunity to test different approaches and workstreams to ensure a high-level of efficiency. How will you manage the process and who in your organization will have operational responsibility when extended trials go live?
  4. The first list of officially registered service providers will go live in spring, 2024. Use this time to do your research on which service providers make sense for your organization, both during the trial period and as a potential long-term partner.
  5. Evaluate your current compliance management strategy. As you begin working with a registered service provider through the trial period, consider how this differs from your approach to other government mandates. What can you learn from this experience and what other areas might you be able to improve upon?


More on the France B2B E-Invoicing Mandate

Note: portions of this section originally appeared in the Sovos blog, France: B2B E-Invoicing Mandate Postponed, updated 19 September 23.

Businesses will soon be able to register proactively for the pilot program, which has been designed to allow businesses to test the PDP platform. This program is intended to build knowledge and confidence and ensure businesses are on the path to readiness.

Therefore, it would be prudent to regard the delay as a mere six-month postponement, with the beginning of the pilot program acting as the de facto starting date. To understand the full impact on their business processes and data flows, companies will need to thoroughly test up to 36 use-cases.

The good news is that the many software vendors helping companies to streamline their purchase-to-pay and order-to-cash processes will be eager to test the compliance of their solutions as early as possible in what has become a completely new ecosystem.

We are proud to say that Sovos is one of the first 20 candidates for service provider (PDP) accreditation in France and as such, will be fully prepared to assist your organization through the trial process and beyond.

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Sovos was built to solve the complexities of the digital transformation of tax, with complete, connected offerings for tax determination, continuous transaction controls, tax reporting and more. Sovos customers include half the Fortune 500, as well as businesses of every size operating in more than 70 countries. The company’s SaaS products and proprietary Sovos S1 Platform integrate with a wide variety of business applications and government compliance processes. Sovos has employees throughout the Americas and Europe, and is owned by Hg and TA Associates.
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