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Italy electronic invoices compulsory 2019

  • Oct 22, 2017 | Richard Asquith

Italy electronic invoices compulsory 2019

Italy is to require all private tax payers to produce electronic invoices from the 1 January 2019.  A number of sectors, including the oil industry, will start from January 2018.

All sales invoices to public bodies have been required in electronic format only since 2014.  Invoices must be provided in XML which can be accepted by the Italian Electronic Exchange System which administers and controls reporting of VAT invoices.  E-invoices are validated via secure digital signatures.

The requirement is aimed at helping reducing VAT fraud.  Italy has the largest VAT gap - the estimated difference between anticipated VAT revenues versus actual receipts - in the European Union.  It has been at the forefront of efforts to implement technology solutions to help tackle VAT fraud.


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Non-EU businesses selling in Italy will need to appoint a fiscal representative alongside completing VAT registration and returns.
Fiscal representatives are responsible for the accurate VAT submissions of their non-EU clients.
Avalara offers a Fiscal Representative Service as part of its international VAT and GST Registration and Returns Service.

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Researching Italian VAT legislation is the first step to understanding your VAT compliance needs. Avalara has a range of solutions that can help your business depending on where and how you trade. 

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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 can be contacted at: richard.asquith@avalara.com. He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2020 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard trained as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.