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Greece live VAT invoice reporting 2019

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  • 10 May 2018 | Richard Asquith

Greece live VAT invoice reporting 2019

Greece is to require real-time invoice reporting to the tax authorities. From January 2019, this will be required of all companies related to the public sector, and limited liability companies. It will be extended to all taxpayers from Jan 2020.

Sales invoice details will need to be electronically submitted to the Greek tax authorities at the same time as being issued to customers. The customers must then electronically confirm live receipt with the tax authorities. The issuance of paper invoices will be banned.

All accounting records of taxpayers, including accountants reporting on behalf of clients, must be stored electronically.

It is not yet clear what the filing mechanisms will be, but will likely include an API feed (application programming interface). The aim will be for the Greek tax authorities to have live or near-live reporting of taxable transactions to help detect and prevent VAT fraud.

The Greek framework follows the 2019 Italy SdI live invoice scheme, and will need approval from the European Union.

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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.