B2B e-invoicing and the problem of remittances via PEC
Italy wants to keep moving forward with the spread of e-invoicing. This system is mandatory for the public sector and its suppliers since 2014, but now the Italian government is also promoting it in the private sector. The aim is that the use of e-invoicing in the B2B area will optimize the in-house processes for companies and, in addition, tighten fiscal controls.
As of January 1, businesses starting to use this technology will benefit from certain accounting and fiscal incentives, announced in Decree-Law 193/2016. Among them are exemption from the spesometro and submission of the “blacklist”, and the companies will enjoy priority treatment in VAT rebates. With these advantages, it is foreseeable that despite not being compulsory, B2B e-invoicing will likely undergo some growth.
How will B2B e-invoicing be carried out?
The regulation states that companies may use the SdI platform (Sistema di Interscambio) they currently use for FatturaPA (billing with Public Administration), for B2B as well. Moreover, to make the switch to this technology easier, e-invoices may be sent to the recipient via PEC (Posta Elettronica Certificata), a certified electronic mail mandatory for all businesses.
Unlike traditional e-mail, the PEC is a secure channel, endowed with legal validity and able to identify the parties involved. Remittances of official communications and e-invoices sent using this system have a guarantee that the message will reach its destination. And, as it is a certified electronic mail, it is impossible to refuse to receive it.
However, the problem with PEC is that it is not an automated system that speeds up transactions for large and medium-sized businesses. In other words, it is necessary to open the e-mail every time a new e-invoice is received to be able to check it. This constitutes a burden for many companies that rely on paperless working as an ally to boost their productivity.
Is it possible to automate the e-invoices received in the PEC?
EDICOM has responded to this issue with a solution that automatically integrates the e-invoices received via PEC into your company’s ERP or in-house management system. So, it is no longer necessary to check that channel when a new message arrives, thus reducing the time spent on this task.
The e-invoicing solution for the Italian market designed by EDICOM works both between companies and with Public Administration. It is a comprehensive, secure platform that guarantees connectivity with any trading partner or official body. Moreover, it is a scalable solution and international in scope, already adapted to the e-invoicing requirements of over 65 countries worldwide.