News 06.06.2024 - Die E-Rechnung kommt – Rechtzeitige Vorbereitung zahlt sich aus

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    The introduction of e-invoicing will bring major changes for trade businesses. From January 1, 2025, companies in Germany must be able to receive electronic invoices. Sending e-invoices in the B2B area will also be mandatory from 2028 at the latest.

    To ensure a smooth transition, tradespeople should start preparing for the new obligations this year. Simone Schlewitz, Head of Tax and Financial Policy at the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH), emphasizes how important it is to take care of visualization software that can read XRechnungen and invoices in ZUGFeRD format early on.

    The Growth Opportunities Act brings further obligations. From 2027, companies with a previous year's turnover of more than 800,000 euros will only be allowed to send e-invoices to business customers, and from 2028, e-invoicing will also be mandatory for companies with a previous year's turnover of less than 800,000 euros.

    An e-invoice differs from conventional invoices such as PDF files due to its structured electronic form, which enables further electronic processing. The archiving of incoming e-invoices must comply with the principles for the proper management and storage of books, records and documents in electronic form (GoBD).

    Christian Goede-Diedering from Datev recommends that companies regulate the receipt of e-invoices, for example by setting up a dedicated e-mail address. In order to document the handling of e-invoices, it is also necessary to adapt the procedural documentation.

    There are five practical tips for successful preparation for e-invoicing:

    1. discuss with your tax advisor how you want to work together in the future.

    2. find out from your IT service provider about suitable software solutions.

    3. check who you send invoices to and whether they are mainly sent to private customers or also to business customers.

    4 Decide whether you only want to implement the mandatory requirements or digitize additional areas.

    5. use the ZDH's practical guide to e-invoicing, which can be obtained from the chambers of crafts and trades or trade associations.

    Although the switch to e-invoicing involves a certain amount of effort, it also offers advantages such as simplified invoice verification and time savings when CNC machining incoming invoices.

    To ensure a smooth transition, trades businesses should therefore prepare for the new requirements in good time.

    Further information can be found here: Mandatory e-invoicing from 2025 is a done deal " Press release from the German Association for Electronic Invoicing (VeR) (, E-invoicing becomes mandatory: what tradespeople need to know |, From 2025, all companies must issue e-invoices - IHK Darmstadt or here: DATEV e-invoicing: digital and efficient,

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  • To what extent does Logikal support the user in creating an e-Invoice?

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    Thank you for the question, this is an interesting topic. The obligation to create e-invoices relates exclusively to the B2B sector. Such invoices are usually generated from ERP systems that use Logikal data, for example. These ERP systems then also offer options forcreating e-invoices for Logikal projects.

    Invoice data directly from Logikal is usually used in the B2C sector.

    Best regards to Verl 🙂

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