Billentis published a report on e-invoicing/e-billing titled, “Entering a New Era,” which states that in 2015, approximately 42 billion electronic invoices will be processed around the globe. Latin America will process 25 billion of these electronic invoices, which is more than half of the e-invoices being processed worldwide. These facts confirm that Latin America is a global leader in paperless invoicing initiatives.
In Latin America, Chile is the birthplace of the electronic invoice. Taxpayers who live there have the option of choosing whether or not they want to use electronic invoicing since exempt resolution number 45 was passed in 2003. However in 2014, the internal revenue service began to take steps to establish a timeline for adopting obligatory e-invoicing, which will end in 2018. Chile wants to establish an e-invoicing regulation similar to the ones implemented in Mexico and Brazil, which has made them the two most developed countries in electronic invoicing at an international level.
Brazil has managed to expand e-invoicing by 90% in the B2B and B2G sectors. According to Billentis’ report, Brazil exchanges almost 1 trillion digital documents every month. The state treasury’s challenge is to take this technology a step further by requiring companies to identify end consumer transactions with a specific type of electronic fiscal note, also known as a fiscal note for end consumers.
The e-invoice has also been expanding rapidly in Mexico due to e-invoicing implementations that have been taking place since 2004. Since electronic invoicing already extends to areas such as payroll or electronic accounting, it’s been estimated that the country processed 5 trillion electronic invoices in 2014.
In 2015, Argentina is expected to experience high growth as well. The tax administration recently added hundreds of thousands of taxpayers to the expansion program and has also announced plans to continue expansion throughout 2016. Also, Uruguay will play a leading role this year. Its tax administration hopes the growth of this system will reach 40%.
Other countries such as Peru, Costa Rica and Colombia that already use electronic invoicing are on the verge of making even greater progress soon. In the near future, Colombia is expected to approve an expansion regulation that would require certain businesses to migrate to the new system in 2016 while others will be added as time goes on.