From a legal point of view, an e-invoice has the same purpose of an invoice but it has a completely different form and process of production. The two basic differences are:
- an e-invoice is not the digitalization of a paper invoice, instead it is created directly on your computer on an XML format, which is a particular file that can be opened only thorugh specific softwares.
- an e-invoice cannot be sent directly to a customer but must first be sent to the ES (Exchange System), which will validate the document and send it on the behalf of the seller to the final buyer.
This way, the ES will certify the date of sending and receiving of the e-invoice for the buyer, and that will have validity in front of law and tax agencies.
From the 1st of January 2019 the use of e-invoicing is mandatory for almost any business in Italy, and it has become a standard for any entrepreneur which wants to manage its administration efficiently and in compliance with the law.
While making invoices seems easy, to send e-invoices you need technical skills that will allow you to directly connect to the ES.
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