Characteristics of the electronic invoice in Belgium

The use of the electronic invoice in Belgium began in 2013 when the government passed a legislation giving it equivalent status to a paper invoice. The use of the electronic invoice in the B2B sphere is completely voluntary. The electronic invoice in the public sector is mandatory and follows the European directives that compel all federal and central administrations to receive electronic invoices. 

Tax Authority

Tax Authority

Federale Overheidsdienst Financien / Service Publique Federale FINANCES.

Obligation

Obligation

The electronic invoice is mandatory for B2G transactions with the central public administrations and the federal public administrations. In the private sector the electronic invoice remains optional, and its use is contingent on agreement between trading partners.

Format

Format

PEPPOL BIS 3.0

Digital Signature

Digital Signature

Not mandatory.

Archiving

Archiving

7 years.

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Common questions

Electronic invoices issued to the public sector can be sent following the PEPPOL model. The federal government has a central reception platform called MERCURIUS connected to the PEPPOL network. All the public entities in the country -centralized and decentralized- can us this platform. However, they may also choose to have a direct connection with PEPPOL.

Currently, it is only mandatory for all public administrations and their suppliers in Flanders and Brussels. 

Implementation of e-Invoicing around the world

The technical and legal requirements for e-Invoicing are different in each country. If you want to know the details and tax obligations of any particular country, just click on the map or choose a country from the dropdown list.

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