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Costa Rica Publishes Proposal for New Electronic Invoicing Project


Costa Rica’s treasury department recently published the final draft of the proposal, which aims to resolve issues associated with mandating the use of electronic invoicing. The administration’s main objective is to optimize the current system’s performance.

The modifications outlined in the new proposal, which is currently being reviewed and revised, are based on Costa Rica’s previously launched electronic invoicing project. They are as follows:

  • There will be one standard for the structure of electronic documents such as invoices, receipts, credit notes, debit notes and waybills.
  • Details for merchandise will be limited to 300 lines.
  • Node values will be limited to 300 alphanumerical characters.
  • The option for other applicable taxes will be eliminated and a list of applicable taxes will be included instead.
  • Technical and computing specifications for electronic documents will indicate that users can type the date into a fillable form for invoices involving contingency matters.
  • Consecutive invoice numbering will utilize 16 alphanumerical digits.
  • Reference documents will include the provisional invoice, which can be used in contingency matters.
  • There will be a separate node for exemptions or authorized purchases as well as one that will allow the tax administration to incorporate an electronic stamp, an electronic authorization code and a time stamping certificate.
  • It will be mandatory to send electronic invoices to the tax administration to validate their format and signatures.
  • Each electronic purchase or sale will be listed one by one and must be explained in detail.
  • A register for waybills will be included as well as a special register of assets for self-employed professionals.

Furthermore, the proposal makes reference to new issues, which may arise and must be considered. It also includes information on providers that offer free equipment for issuing electronic documents (article 19).

The electronic invoice project is still subject to modifications based on the suggestions of electronic billing providers that have been registered and authorized by Costa Rica’s Treasury Department. EDICOM plays an important role in this project not only as an authorized provider in Costa Rica but as a leader in the development of electronic invoicing solutions in Latin America.

 Signed by: Nathaly Miranda Vazquez - Key Account Manager especialiazed in einvoicing process in Latam.





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