Chile approves compulsory introduction of Electronic Tax Document
The rollout of electronic invoicing has become a priority issue for the Chilean Administration. A few weeks ago, the Official Gazette published the law promulgating mandatory use of the Electronic Tax Document (DTE) for all taxpayers, with a three-year deadline. However, companies billing more than 100,000 UF must adapt to the new system before 1 November 2014.
A few months later, it will be the turn of small and medium-sized businesses located in urban areas, which will have a grace period until 1 August 2015. In the case of SMEs in rural areas, this period will be extended for another half year (until 1 February 2015). Last to join the electronic billing regime will be microbusinesses with a turnover below 2400 UF. For them, the change is mandatory as of 1 February 2016.
The aim of this Chilean government initiative is to streamline procedures, reduce tax fraud, save on running costs and minimize errors. The move will also mean important environmental benefits, as the use of paper will no longer be necessary.
Electronic billing has been used in Chile on a voluntary basis since 2003. In fact, according to the Internal Revenue Service (SII), in 2012 around 143 million electronic invoices were issued, equivalent to 46.9% of the total billing for the period.
The EDICOM solution
To facilitate the switchover for taxpayers, EDICOM has a platform that takes care of creation, sending and reception of electronic invoices in accordance with the DTE schema stipulated by law. In addition, our solution implements an electronic communication service with the SII for online invoice statements.