Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Finnish treasury announced that the April 1, 2020 deadline is postponed. Non-central Finnish public entities and Finnish companies with turnover of over €10,000 are allowed still to issue and receive invoices use the older e-invoice formats.
The adoption of the EU Directive 2014/55/EU of 16 April 2014 (the 'E-Invoicing Directive') made the use of electronic invoicing during public procurement mandatory. An 'electronic invoice' means an invoice that has been issued, transmitted, and received in a structured electronic format, which allows for its automated processing.
The 'core elements of an electronic invoice' are essential information components that an electronic invoice must contain to enable cross-border interoperability, including the necessary information to ensure legal compliance. The core elements of an electronic invoice are, among other things:
- process and invoice identifiers;
- the invoice period;
- seller information;
- buyer information;
- payee information;
- seller's tax representative information;
- contract reference;
- delivery details;
- payment instructions;
- allowance or charge information;
- invoice line item information;
- invoice totals;
- VAT breakdown.
Member States have implemented the 'E-Invoicing Directive' into their national law.
Finland: e-invoicing and public procurement (B2G)
On April 1, 2020, in Finland, e-invoicing public organizations and private companies require e-invoices from their suppliers.
According to the new law, upon request, the contracting entity and the trader have the right to receive an e-invoice. Besides, the invoice must contain certain mandatory billing information that Finnish law has not yet required. Public contractors could issue e-invoices in different formats. The electronic invoices should, however, include the data fields specified in the Directive 2014/55/EU. The new Finnish e-invoicing requirement's main objective is to enhance public procurement and to stimulate the use of e-invoices.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Finnish treasury announced that the April 1, 2020 deadline is postponed. Non-central Finnish public entities and Finnish companies with turnover of over €10,000 are allowed still to issue and receive invoices use the older e-invoice formats. It does not yet have to meet EU e-invoice standards:
"For the time being, the state administration also approves older e-invoice versions that do not comply with the European standard."
Of the national e-invoice formats, the latest descriptions (Finvoice 3.0 and TEAPPSXML 3.0) correspond to the European standard.
Other European B2G countries announced in 2020
- Germany and e-invoicing for B2G mandatory by 27 November 2020
- Portugal: e-invoicing and public procurement (2021-2022)
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Written by Richard Cornelisse
Richard advises multinational businesses in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their Indirect Tax Function and Tax Control Framework.
He started his career as a manager at Arthur Andersen and then became a partner in EY where I led the indirect tax performance team for Netherlands and Belgium. Currently, he is a senior managing director of KEY Group.
Richard has over 20 years’ experience advising clients on international VAT issues. He is specialized in the tax aspects of financial transformations, shared service center migration, and post-merger integration work. Richard is also somewhat of a mentor, giving back to the profession. If you are interested in conversation and discussion, please feel free to contact him.