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Ecuador imposes e-invoices

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  • 17 October 2014 | Richard Asquith

Ecuador imposes e-invoices

In an attempt to reduce VAT fraud, Ecuador is imposing the obligation on tax registered businesses to switch from paper to electronic invoices. The measure came into force at the start of this month.

The tax authorities have provided an online portal tool for all customers presented with e-invoices for them to check the authenticity of any invoice presented to them. However, suppliers must have secured the written permission of their customers before switching to electronic invoices.

Compulsory e-invoices for targeted industries

Electronic invoices are now compulsory in Ecuador from 1 October 2014 for financial services firms - banks and insurers.  A number of other industries are included, including media, credit card companies and exporters.  From 1 January 2015, e-commerce businesses will have to produce e-invoices, too.

The move follows similar electronic invoice changes in Mexico.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.