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Costa Rica Begins Pilot Phase of Electronic Invoicing Project

07/03/2017

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Costa Rica is one step closer to implementing the electronic invoice. On February 14th, it began an electronic invoice pilot project involving large companies. The objective is to increase the use of the e-invoice throughout the country. Widespread use of this technology will enable Costa Rica to move towards digital inclusion, which is its proposed goal for 2021. Companies that are prepared to implement this technological change can apply to take part in the pilot project voluntarily. To do so, they must send an email to fe@hacienda.go.cr.

The tax administration started running tests in March with some companies that received training to implement the electronic invoice. Its use will be administered in phases and will be mandatory for selected companies starting in September 2017.

Furthermore, the tax administration recently published a modification for the electronic invoice called Resolution N° DGT-R-13-2017. This resolution amended the previous resolution, DGT-R-48-2016 of October 7, 2016, which regulated the use of electronic documents.

This new resolution introduces several technical and formatting specifications with reference to different aspects of electronic invoicing in Costa Rica. They are as follows:

  • It’s the responsibility of the taxpayer to ensure the continuity of the emission and reception of electronic receipts, as well as their acceptance and rejection.
  • It modified the decimal field to accept three decimal places in invoices.
  • Since usage of the electronic signature isn’t mandatory for the tax administration’s system for processing electronic documents, taxpayers involved in the project will use cryptographic keys as a security measure. Those receiving an e-invoice can accept, partially accept or reject it.
  • The tax administration will issue an XML structured acceptance for each invoice to accompany the original invoice.

A System with Great Advantages

The expansion of the electronic invoice in Costa Rica will be benefit both the private and public sector. With this technology, the tax administration can improve fiscal control and reduce tax evasion, since all commercial operations will be declared in real time. In addition, it will simplify tax compliance for taxpayers by automating administrative processes, which will increase productivity and reduce economic costs. In fact, savings from using e-invoicing can reach 90% in comparison with paper processing.

We recommend you download the white paper "E-invoicing in LATAM" to know all the details about using electronic invoicing and to discover how it can benefit your company.

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