Since November 1, Chilean companies with annual revenues greater than 100,000 UF will be required to issue the Electronic Tax Document (DTE). Thousands of taxpayers are set to join them within the next four years, so that by 2018 electronic invoicing will be fully extended in Chile. The initiative affects both the business administration departments of companies and the Internal Revenue Service (SII).
According to former SII Director, Alejandro Burr, by implementing the DTE, the Chilean Treasury stands to raise roughly $600 million per annum due to the reduction in the number of false invoices. The system is an ally that will help improve fiscal control and curb evasion, thanks to its security mechanisms and the electronic record of every business operation.
This, along with the economic saving, is one of the main benefits that have prompted administrations worldwide to roll out electronic invoicing. In Mexico, where the Digital Tax Receipt via Internet is already mandatory for most taxpayers, the Tax Administration Service (SAT) took in 34,2 % more in the first 6 months of the year than for the same period in 2013. As shown in its Tax and Management Report, for every dollar invested in tax control operations, they obtained 61,1.
With the Electronic Tax Document, the SII will have greater control over the fiscal obligations of taxpayers. Every time an electronic invoice is issued, it is automatically declared to the Tax Agency, which is why it is so difficult to operate illegally. Moreover, documentation in electronic format will enable the SII to process and review the data much more quickly.