In Spain a new VAT reporting system will enter into force on the 1st of July 2017. The new Spanish requirements will have a huge impact on many (multi)nationals that run SAP.
SII (“Suministro Inmediato de Información”) in Spain is about changing the current VAT reporting system which has been in place for over 30 years. It is introducing a new reporting system for VAT by providing all VAT relevant billing records almost real-time to the AEAT online system.
The new Immediate Supply of Information reduces the gap between recording or booking invoices and the actual reporting to the tax authority. It is introduced because the current technological situation allows its implementation at this time, to improve both taxpayer assistance as taxation controls (e-tax audits).
See for more background info: Immediate Supply of Information (SII) in Spain
SAP add on for SII
We developed a SAP add-on solution by which the e-submission of the required data from AR and AP invoices is fully integrated in SAP without an external interface or use of external software. With this add-on the submission of the requested invoices can be done automatically and in time. Our SII for Spain is ready and functionality can be demonstrated via our own SAP environment.
The SAP add-on is based on the selection of the VAT relevant transactions from the SAP ledgers. This can be done manually with a new SAP transaction or in an automated way via scheduled batch jobs. The SII relevant data from the selected source transactions are stored in a new customized SII table. That single source ensures your data integrity and consistency. There will be no need for maintenance of multiple systems as it will all be maintained in SAP itself. All reportable SII data are available via a single SAP cockpit which enables easy (tax risk) management of the SII reports.
SAP add-on cockpit
The cockpit provides the following functionality:
- Display data from e-document in user friendly format
- Display both header and line item data (invoice breakdown)
- Display XML data on screen
- Drill down to source transactions in SAP
- Display audit trail and e-document status
- Store approval key (CSV) from tax authority
- Implementation of approval workflows
- Option to logical deletion of e-documents (for example for canceling / reposting of AP invoices in SAP due to posting errors)
- Upload from excel for non-standard transactions/reports, like real estate where not all required data are available in SAP
- Send SII XML file (envelopes) to Tax authority (AEAT) with option for complete automated e-submission process
Overview of the SII process in the SAP 'SII' add-on
Generic Add-on characteristics
The integrated SAP e-invoice/SAF-T solutions have the following characteristics:
- Fully integrated in SAP without an external interface or use of external software
- SAP release and upgrade independent; implemented without core modification
- Globally registered «/SNI/» namespace for all objects
- ABAP is the programming language, English is the product language
- Installation done simply by external transport file
- All developments under a package
- XML data stored in /SNI/ tables
- Compatibility – working with XI/PI or e-invoice integrators
- Standard SAP functionality (variants, selection screens etc.) available
- Standard SAP authorization used
- User-friendly screens
- Own customized tables
- Own transaction codes and menus
Yes, the add-on is scalable
The add-on is scalable. Some set-up is country specific and some set-up is shared. SAF-T is available for France (new), Poland, Lithuania and Norway. We have added now SII for Spain. The new real time requirements for Hungary and Italy are already in development. It is our intention is to have add-ons for all countries who implement SAF-T reporting.
See for more background info: A SAP add-on to be able to cope with SAF-T and e-tax audits
Who we are
In order to establish synergies to support business SAP challenges of our clients we have setup a joint venture initiative in the past. Tax SAP experts - KEY Group and Phenix Consulting - developing together with SNI a global development partner of SAP and leading software company in the area of e-invoice, e-bookkeeping, e-archive, e-ticket.
SNI's core business is to provide SAP certified add-ons for legal compliance to a large number of global well-known companies. We have therefore access in-house to senior Tax SAP experts working together with SAP experts (functional and technical). That means our turnaround time is fast and our quality is very high.
A partnership is closed with the international operating SAP consultancy firm 'ConVista Consulting' with offices amongst others in Madrid and Barcelona. Our partnership relates to distribution, implementation and maintenance support (Spanish language) for our SAP SII add-on solution for Spain.
ConVista is an experienced consulting firm with a large track record in the design and installation of financials & treasury applications with SAP. We offer comprehensive IT consulting services complemented by custom software development. ConVista provides a complete service offering from a single source. Streamlined processes, a higher degree of automation and shorter project durations serve as indicators for improved efficiency. Expertise in process, technology and methodology form the fundamental components of our work. We combine long-lasting experience in the implementation and delivery of large programs with in-depth knowledge of treasury applications from SAP. For more information, visit: www.convista.com
The best way forward is a demo of our solutions via video conference.
- Richard Cornelisse
FAQ Spain - Immediate Supply of Information (SII)
Published 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 Phenix Consulting.
Richard has over 20 years’ experience advising clients on international VAT issues. He is specialized in the tax aspects of financial transformations, shared service centre 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.