Electronic Invoicing

How the Online Electronic Invoice System works - FEL de Guatemala

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Guatemala is on the verge of finalizing the migration to the new electronic invoicing system called Online Electronic Invoicing System - FEL defined by the Superintendence of Tax Administration - SAT.

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From FACE to FEL

The electronic invoice in Guatemala is advancing in the direction of the model outlined in the SAT Board Agreement number 13-2018 and its revisions. It denotes a change from the FACE model, which was put into place in 2011, to the FEL model. On July 1, 2023, the FEL regime will officially become the only one permitted to provide tax documents to individuals who register for the first time to conduct an economic activity.

Since 2019, taxpayers have been gradually integrating into the new FEL system per the SAT's schedule or voluntarily if they so choose, without having to wait for the date on which their sector is included.

Since its start in 2007, the electronic invoicing model has experienced adjustments.Among the most significant changes from the prior FACE tax system should be noted are the following:

- The removal of the invoice copy entirely. In other words, the GFACE is no longer required to receive the invoice data.

- On the other hand, the electronic signature will be mandatory in electronic invoices, as a mechanism of authenticity and non-repudiation of the same.

- Thirdly, SAT is in charge of keeping all bills on file. The XML file must still be kept by issuers and receivers for the duration specified by the Tax Code despite this. The XML files of the certified DTEs and the corresponding acknowledgments of receipt from SAT must also be kept by the certifiers.

Electronic Tax Documents - DTE's

Electronic tax documents are, as the word indicates, documents that accredit a commercial transaction in electronic form. 

Types of DTE’s:

  •  Invoice, Exchange Invoice, Small taxpayer exchange invoice, Small taxpayer invoice, Special invoice, Credit note, Donation receipt, Receipt
  •  Debit memo*
  •  Credit memo*

*Update on Electronic Tax Documents (DTE)

The Superintendence of Tax Administration (SAT) of Guatemala has announced a change in the regulations of the Electronic Tax Documents (DTE) of the type Credit Notes and Debit Notes. 

As of March 1, 2023, it is mandatory to include the serial data and number of the document of origin in the complement of references of such DTE. This information must be present both in the XML format file and in the graphic representation (PDF) or in the document printout.

This change is made in compliance with the provisions of the Online Electronic Invoice Regime according to Board Agreement 13-2018 and its amendments, as well as Article 17 of Decree Number 27-92, Value Added Tax Law. SAT informs that this measure is necessary to ensure greater transparency in the compliance of tax obligations.

New Rules and Validations - Version 1.7.9

Following the publication by the SAT of the new Rules and Validations document version 1.7.9.It should be noted as the main novelty that there is a new reason for rejection which would be the following: "The Receiver ID cannot be CF for a special invoice".

New developments driven by SAT

As of October 4, 2023, the "new NITs" assigned will consist of the first 9 digits of the Unique Identification Code (CUI), specifically for Guatemalan individuals and domiciled foreigners. It should be noted that the current NITs will remain unchanged. Likewise, it is foreseen that in 2025, the NIT will include the complete 13 digits of the CUI.

This change will have a significant impact on the databases of all companies operating in Guatemala, affecting the registration of clients, accounting documents, suppliers and any information associated with the NIT. SAT seeks to ensure an efficient transition and provide guidance to affected entities during this adaptation process.

New Rules and Validations - Version 1.7.7

The Tax Administration, “Superintendencia de Administración Tributaria” (SAT), through the technical documentation of the Online Electronic Invoice Regime in its version 1.7.7, has modified the rules and validations for various types of Electronic Tax Documents (DTE) that exist. The main updates are as follows:

  • Phrases indicating exemption or non-impact by VAT are modified. This affects DTEs of types: RDON, RECI, FACT, and FCAM.
  • A new "Political Organizations Supplement", or "Complemento de Organizaciones Políticas” is added with the following characteristics: It will contain data such as the type of contribution, a declaration of the source of the contribution in free text, and the contribution amount. This affects DTEs of types: RDON, RECI (This only applies to "personerías," namely, 734 political parties and 2719 civic committees).
  • A new type of DTE "Shipping Note”, or “Nota de Envío” (NENV)" and its respective Goods Transfer supplement is added: This will contain data such as the carrier's ID, document type (NIT, CUI, or Foreigner), official vehicle license plate, consignee's NIT or CUI, destination address, and reason. Validations for the document will be based on the format of the NIT or CUI, the format of the Foreign ID, the vehicle plates against SAT's database, and the plate status must be "active."
  • A new type of DTE "Advance Receipt”, or “Recibo de Anticipo” (RANT)" is added: This is a document that supports payments known as advances in commercial operations. It is clarified that this type of document does not substitute the obligation to issue the Electronic Tax Document.

Who must adhere to the FEL electronic invoicing system?

All taxpayers designated by SAT, taking into account the volume of invoices issued, level of gross income invoiced, economic linkage, registration in special regimes or other criteria, are obliged to do so.  Currently, the taxpayers that must issue CPE through the FEL system are: 

- Special Taxpayers
- Large Regional Taxpayers
- State Suppliers SAT Resolution 243-2019 (bidding, quotation, open contract, electronic reverse auction).
- State Suppliers SAT Resolution 838-2019 (individual professional services).
- Taxpayers that use the FACE Electronic Invoice.

Online Electronic Invoicing Regime – FEL

Invoices, credit and debit notes, receipts, and other permitted documents can all be issued, transmitted, certified, and preserved under the FEL Regime. The name of these files will be Electronic Tax Documents (DTE).

The taxation structure in the FEL is relatively comparable to that in other Latin American nations like Mexico or Peru.

This model states that before being reported to the SAT, tax records must be independently verified. In this situation, the trusted third party is referred to as a certification authority. Without SAT authorization, a company cannot serve as a DTE certification authority. Each year, this permission must be renewed.

Requirements to become an electronic biller in Guatemala

  • To be affiliated to VAT.
  • To have an active business.
  • To have a Virtual Agency.
  • To have updated data in the Unified Tax Registry (RTU).
  • To have the address located. 
  • To have the authorization in the FEL as issuer.
  • Comply with the technical regulations.
  • Possess electronic signature. 
  • Be up to date with your tax returns.
  • Have contracted a certifying entity to validate the DTE's.

How will the electronic invoice work in Guatemala?

  • The issuers will generate a file that will be transformed into the file structured by the certifier.
  • The certification authority verifies that the rules and validations in force in the FEL Regime were applied and applies the advanced electronic signature. It generates an Electronic Authorization Code that is associated with the document before sending it to the SAT.
  • Each DTE must be sent to SAT and the issuer immediately.
  • SAT performs the necessary validations to verify that the document complies with the rules and characteristics that guarantee authenticity, integrity, format, and legally established requirements.
  • Whether it accepts or rejects the document, SAT issues an acknowledgment of receipt to the certification authority.
  • The DTE will be delivered to the receiver either in XML format, by means of a graphic representation or in PDF format.
  • The issuers and receivers must keep the files in XML format of the certified DTE for the time established in the Tax Code. The certifier, on the other hand, must keep the certified DTEs and the respective acknowledgments of receipt sent by SAT.

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