The connection process between the EDICOM HUB and Chorus Portal, for the reception of e-invoices addressed to the public administration sector in France, has passed all the tests carried out with the Agency for State Financial IT (AIFE). This is another step forward in the task of implementing dematerialization of invoices in France easily and automatically.
Through the EDICOM e-Invoicing solution , suppliers to French government departments can issue electronic invoices for goods supplied and public services rendered. To do this, we simply capture the basic data from the company’s ERP or accounting management system. On the basis of these data, the solution generates the invoice in the format regulated by the administration and connects to the Chorus Portal, a centralized system that will align the different bodies of the French public administration. The process is therefore totally automatic and transparent to the users.
Connecting to this centralized system greatly simplifies administrative management for businesses implementing EDI and electronic billing, and also constitutes an opportunity for those that have not yet done so but would like to optimize their billing process. This is all part of the drive towards an online paperless society, in line with the rest of the initiatives currently underway in all European states.
And although the first public administration providers will not be required to issue electronic invoices until 2017, the Chorus Portal encourages users to take up e-invoicing as soon as possible. As evidenced by the figures of the latest survey among State suppliers, 8,300 are already authorized to use the portal, most of them issuing between 10 and 1000 invoices annually.
Among the advantages of e-invoicing, they highlight the cuts in printing, storage and filing costs; quicker invoice processing times; reducing the carbon footprint; guaranteed receipt of invoices by the accounting system; and the possibility of following up the processing stages of invoices directly.
Since January 2012, State services in France have been able to accept invoicing by electronic means. This obligation applied to private public sector providers will be rolled out gradually at a later date. As of January 2017, e-invoicing will be mandatory for large businesses with more than 5000 employees. In 2018 it will be the turn of intermediate businesses, with 250 to 5,000 employees, and it will not be until 2019 when the SMEs, with 10 to 250 employees, will switch over to electronic invoicing. The process will be completed in 2020, when the obligation will also be extended to micro-businesses.