EU: New rules for electronic VAT invoicing

The council of the European Union agreed on 13 July 2010 on a general aproach on a draft directive aimded to simplifying VAT invoice requirements, in particular concerning electronic invoicing.

EU-member states shall be obliged to abolish less favourable treatment of e-invoices compared to paper invoices. The proposal also includes deadlines for the issuing of invoices in order to speed up the information exchange on intra-community supplies.

The directive will be adopted by the Council once the European Parliament has given its opinion.

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Author: Peter Scheller, Editor-in-Chief