Characteristics of the electronic invoice in Costa Rica

The Costa Rican government began its electronic invoicing project in 2017, through a scaled mass adoption program which finished in 2018. Since then, the issuance and reception of the electronic invoice has been mandatory for all taxpayers.

Tax Authority

Tax Authority

DGT - Dirección General de Tributación

Obligation

Obligation

Mandatory reception and issuance for all taxpayers since 2018.

Required Administrative Transactions

Required Administrative Transactions

It is mandatory to register with the Virtual tax authority (ATV) based on the type of taxpayer and how you will use the invoicing system (issuer-recipient, recipient-non-issuer, manual recipient, electronic recipient-final consumer).

Format

Format

There are different electronic documents all defined in an XML format: Electronic invoice, purchase electronic invoice, export electronic invoice, electronic credit and debit note, electronic ticket.

Fiscal Control

Fiscal Control

The electronic documents must be accompanied by two key messages: Mensaje hacienda and mensaje receptor.

Digital Signature

Digital Signature

The invoice must be digitally signed through a certificate issued by an international certification authority.

Archiving

Archiving

Archiving is mandatory for issuers and recipients for a period of 5 years according to Article 109 of the tax norms and procedures code.

Print format

Print format

Invoices must be printed if required by clients.

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Common questions

Mensaje Hacienda: is the message the tax authority uses as an acceptance or rejection response to the issuer of the electronic invoice.

A message sent by the recipient of the electronic invoice to the tax authority accepting or rejecting the invoice.

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.