Characteristics of the electronic invoice in China

China is in the process of reforming its current invoicing system. At the moment, e-Invoicing is only mandatory for new taxpayers in the B2C and B2B areas and voluntary for the rest. The new e-Invoicing system involves overhauling the current Golden Tax System - GTS, including VAT declarations using paper invoices.
Tax Authority

Tax Authority

State Taxation and Administration (STA).

Obligation

Obligation

Currently it is only mandatory for new taxpayers. Old taxpayers can join voluntarily. 

Format

Format

XML.

Digital Signature

Digital Signature

Mandatory.

Fiscal Control

Fiscal Control

Invoices must include the Unique code. Unique codes must be requested from STA.

Print format

Print format

Printed invoices must include QR code.

Archiving

Archiving

10 years.

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Common questions

It is the name of the invoice in China.

The e-fapiao is the digital representation of the electronic invoice (fapiao). There are two types, the general and special invoice. The general e-fapiao is issued when the sale of a product or service is not VAT deductible. The special e-fapiao is issued when the transaction is VAR deductible.

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