Italian government shortens electronic billing rollout deadline
Within one month, electronic invoicing will be mandatory in certain sectors of the Italian Public Administration. As of June 6, Ministries, the Tax Agency and state security bodies, as well as their suppliers, must use electronic means in their business transactions. Other public agencies will join this digital leap nine months later. This way, the rollout of electronic invoicing in the Italian Public Sector will be completed by 31 March 2015.
The initial deadline for switchover completion was 6 June 2015, one year after the first stage was started up. However, el the Decree-Law issued on 24 April in the Official Gazette brought this period forward two months, as specified in article 25. This means that by 31 March next year, all public bodies, including local authorities and their suppliers, will be required to use electronic invoicing.
One of the aims of this Italian government measure is to combat tax avoidance, thanks to the payment traceability guarantees provided by electronic billing. To ensure this monitoring, invoice receipts must include the Codice identificativo di gara (CIG) and Codice unico di Progetto (CUP) in the cases stipulated by law. In the event of failure to provide this data properly, as provided by law, the authorities may stop the payment of invoices.
Improving administrative tasks, boosting productivity and cutting costs are other objectives linked with the rollout of electronic invoicing. In fact, these advantages have made it one of the priorities of the Digital Agenda. The trend towards an increasingly paperless Public Administration is gaining ground throughout Europe. Neighbouring countries such as Portugal, France and Spain have also taken similar steps to those of Italy.
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