E-INVOICING COMPLIANCE IN GERMANY

E-INVOICING IS ON THE RISE

Germany’s e-invoicing law (E-Rechnungsgesetz) voted in 2017 transposed the EU Directive for all German public entities to accept and process e-invoices. As of November 27, 2020, all invoices to federal authorities must be submitted in electronic format and in some federal states, e-invoicing will even become mandatory. At the state level, contracting authorities must be able to receive and process e-invoices as of April 2020. It is most likely that e-invoicing will not be limited to B2G, but will extend to B2B as well, as is the case in other European countries like Italy and Spain.

B2G E-INVOICING: MANDATES & ALTERNATIVES

E-invoicing to federal and state authorities must comply with legal requirements. As an e-invoice must meet certain requirements in order to be recognised, specific formats are used which correspond to the European standard EN 16931. In Germany, for example, these are the XRechnung and ZUGFeRD. A routing ID (Leitwege-ID) must be included, so that the invoice finds its recipient.

Federal level

  • ​Two e-invoicing platforms (to which e-invoices must be sent): ZRE and OZG RE
  • As of April 2018, the PEPPOL network is the standard to transport e-invoices for federal authorities

State level

All states (13 area states and the three city-states: Berlin, Hamburg and Bremen) will release their own B2G e-invoicing laws and directives to define:

  • If and when B2G e-invoicing will become mandatory in their jurisdictions for suppliers
  • If PEPPOL will be a means of transportation for e-invoices

E-invoicing To Public Administrations
in Germany

WHY ESKER

INTERNATIONALLY PROVEN SOLUTION

  • Certified PEPPOL Access Point: Esker sends and receives invoices to any recipient in 15 countries within the PEPPOL network

  • Global compliance: Esker supports e-invoicing compliance in more than 60 countries

  • Automatic conversion from in-house formats

  • Comprehensive EDI skills and experience with XRechnung and ZUGFeRD

COMMITTED TO FURTHER DEVELOPING E-INVOICING

  • Association memberships including: EESPA, VeR and ZUGFeRD community

  • Supporting customers with the introduction of e-invoicing

ESKER’S INVOICE DELIVERY SOLUTION FOR E-INVOICING COMPLIANCE IN GERMANY

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