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News from e-invoicing and e-reporting in France

This publication provides details of:

  • The new implementation schedule for electronic invoicing in France,
  • The involved parties and the billing flows,
  • The announcement of the new SAP Document and Reporting Compliance product,
  • Specifications issued by the government in version 1.0.

Ordinance No. 2021-1190 of September 15, 2021 provided the following details regarding the generalization of electronic invoicing in transactions between taxable persons with regard to value added tax and the transmission of transaction data:

All companies must be able to receive electronic invoices as of July , 2024 (instead of January , 2023).

The obligation to issue and transmit in the form of electronic invoices shall begin:

  • July , 2024 for large companies
  • January , 2025 for midsize companies
  • January 2026 for small and medium-sized enterprises and micro-enterprises

The obligation to transmit information and payment data applies to companies according to the same timetable depending on the size of the undertakings.

The terms and conditions of application are set by decree in the Conseil d’√Čtat (end of 2021, beginning of 2022).

A first specification, version 1.0, was provided by the authorities:

Details of the involved parties and the main schemes for the transmission of invoices:

Source : working document – AIFE – DGFIP – FNFE

All businesses established in France will be affected, as well as certain foreign companies registered solely for VAT, for their VAT transactions.


Document and Reporting Compliance

At the E-Invoicing and Reporting Compliance Virtual Summit 2021, SAP introduced a new product: SAP Document and Reporting Compliance. It provides an end-to-end solution for e invoicing and e-reporting through a cockpit as well as new functionality.

SAP plans to provide solutions to support e-invoicing and e-reporting adoption across the globe.

SAP Document and Reporting Compliance will be the preferred tool for communicating with partners and the public billing portal.


For invoicing, outgoing (or issued) electronic documents are automatically transmitted to business partners or tax authorities (as specified).

Incoming (or receiving) electronic documents are automatically integrated with any supplier invoice management solution for processing. The status of the documents is updated in real time, the allowed actions are checked accordingly.

All of this enables process orchestration with the necessary efficiency and audit trail.

A centralized cockpit enables you to automatically track potential failures, check errors, access reference transactions to enable transparent corrections, and communicate rejections to relevant stakeholders.

A harmonized central dashboard enables the monitoring of all mandates, from electronic documents to periodic reports.

A Comprehensive View allows you to review open electronic documents and control reporting at all stages, from preparation to submission.

  • Real-time Transaction Data Reporting and periodic reporting are synchronized.
  • With embedded analytics, you can establish consistency checks.

The solution benefits from a complete audit trail, from business operations to related rejects and corrections. All preparation activities and manual adjustments are automatically recorded and can be viewed.

In conclusion, SAP has the vision, the tools, the solutions, and the desire to support companies towards the digitalization needed by tax authorities.

For France, the deployment model will be confirmed once government decrees and specifications have been finalized. Solutions are there!


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