July 1 was the deadline for VAT payers in Argentina to join the e-billing system. However, the Federal Public Revenue Administration (AFIP) has announced in a communiqué posted on its website that until October 1, all situations reported by taxpayers concerning difficulties in meeting the obligation will be considered. This means that until that date, invoices issued on paper will continue to be valid for some exceptional cases.
With the approval of General Resolution N° 3749, the AFIP opened up a window to discuss the new billing regime with those sectors facing most difficulty in adopting it. The period for issuing these suggestions ended last May 31. Even so, the tax authority now confirms that all the situations put forward will be taken into consideration until October 1st, even if they have not been reported via the dialogue window stipulated in the regulation.
In the weeks prior to the deadline for migration to the new e-regime, several groups of businesses, particularly SMEs, called upon the Finance Minister to allow more time for technological adaptation to the system. So, the AFIP finally granted this three-month extension, with the aim of gradually achieving widespread use of e-invoicing, to make the most of the advantages of this technological breakthrough.
An increasingly paperless Argentina
As is happening in other countries like Mexico or Chile, Argentina aims to remove paper from admin and business processes. General Resolution No. 3749 is expected to reach 800,000 electronic issuers, a figure that will grow in the years to come. The AFIP has also announced that as of January 2016, new taxpayers will be eligible for e-invoicing, regardless of their assessment status.
How to issue e- invoicing?
Taxpayers affected by General Resolution N° 3749 must adapt to the new system as soon as possible. Bear in mind that those that fail to do so by the end of the extension deadline will be facing penalties ranging from $300 to $ 30.000, reports the AFIP in its FAQs.
To find out how to migrate to e-invoicing in Argentina, EDICOM has prepared a free guide you can download here. The guide explains all the details of the new system and how companies can benefit from this obligation.