If you are a supplier for German public administration institutions, as of this November, you will be obliged to send them structured e-invoices.
XRechnung is an XML-based invoice format preferred by German authorities, fulfilling the criteria of the European core calculation and being the response to the CEN standard (CEN/TC 434). Other formats, such as ZUGFeRD 2.0 or Factur-X, are expected to remain applicable for B2B transactions, but all suppliers for the German public administration will be obliged to switch to X-Rechnung.
An XRechnung file can be sent via one of the many transmission channels, such as the German ZRE, OZG RE, VPX platforms, as well as the European PEPPOL network.
OpenPEPPOL is a non-profit organization that provides a vast network of electronic document exchange services, used mainly for e-invoicing purposes (for both B2G and B2B transactions).
It is not a separate platform, but a virtual infrastructure that binds other e-invoicing platforms together, no matter if they are governmental or third-party solutions. The German OZG-RE (Online Access Act compliant e-invoice platform), for example, also features a PEPPOL interface.
The new e-invoicing laws apply only to B2G operations for now, but we should expect German authorities to extend the regulations to cover B2B transactions sometime soon. For the time being, B2B e-invoicing remains optional.
With more and more European (and non-European) countries joining the e-Invoicing Revolution, we can say that the electronic document exchange is definitely becoming a global trend. If we consider how many companies operate globally while sharing data with dozens of businesses, we will find this change to be a natural change in the business environment. You can follow our social media channels to read more about the latest and upcoming e-invoicing regulations in Europe and beyond.
To help companies send e-invoices to public administration, we provide two platforms: Comarch e-Invoicing Cloud and Comarch e-Invoicing.
Comarch e-Invoicing is a comprehensive, SaaS solution created mainly for large enterprises. Helping you carry out the most complex B2B & B2G document exchange operations, it guarantees both higher quality of data and lower operational costs.
Comarch e-Invoicing Cloud is an easy-to-use, affordable tool designed for small and mid-size companies. Providing instant access to a virtual environment that is easy to navigate, it enables you to transfer e-invoices to both public institutions and private companies in no time - no matter where you are.