These new regulations require you to register with a number of different organizations and to customize SAP to accept data back from this process. Your SAP system needs to connect with several different kinds of web services depending on the type of invoice you are using. SAP users are going to need to quickly decide if they want to learn and support all of these requirements in-house, or outsource to a managed services provider.
Here is the announcement:
Atlanta, Georgia, February 15, 2011 Crossgate Inc., the global expert in business-to-business integration (B2B), is offering a new e-invoicing solution that provides real-time integration with Argentina’s Administración Federal de Ingresos Públicos (AFIP).
Regulatory compliance laws for electronic invoicing are changing in Argentina, with mandates beginning for some industries on April 1, 2011, and launch dates for other industries scheduled throughout the remainder of the year. While many companies are still adapting to major changes that went into effect in 2010 regulating electronic invoicing for Type E export invoices, the new regulations will begin to apply to domestic (Type A and Type B) invoices as well.
Businesses in Argentina
must obtain a valid digital certificate and register it for use through one of the certification channels provided by the Argentinian tax authority (AFIP). To do this, companies must first obtain a Clave Fiscalpassword to gain access to the AFIP web site and then link the certificate to their Clave Única de Identificación Tributaria (CUIT) on file with the government.
“Clearly, obtaining the certificates and registering for online e-invoicing can be confusing for those unfamiliar with the process,” said Scott Lewin, President, Crossgate, Inc. “Crossgate is well acquainted with Argentina’s registration options, and we can help customers navigate this process, both for test and in production. Once live, our cloud-based e-Invoicing solutions allow customers to connect to the AFIP seamlessly and in real-time, straight from their SAP application.”
Crossgate’s real-time e-invoicing solution also offers an automatic contingency mode that preserves invoice sequencing even if a problem arises. The AFIP requires that official document numbers be issued in sequence, so if there is a problem with one particular invoice, subsequent invoices must be placed on hold until the problem is corrected. However, Crossgate’s e-Invoicing client for SAP avoids this problem by dynamically assigning the next sequence number expected by the AFIP, which prevents delays in the invoicing process. This way, invoicing activity can continue on without interruption while preserving the sequencing order expected by the AFIP.
“For SAP users in Argentina, Crossgate’s integration with SAP and the
AFIP offers tremendous value,” Lewin said. “Businesses can comply with AFIP regulations in a timely fashion, register for web services, and connect to the AFIP in real time through their SAP applications. Our automatic contingency mode preserves invoice sequencing, and our service is staffed by people who speak Spanish and are familiar Argentina’s electronic invoicing processes. We know the required processes and we can help companies adapt to the changing regulatory landscape in Argentina.”
The new regulations will continue to take effect for different industries throughout the rest of the year, but companies need to start planning for how they will meet the new requirements in a timely and cost-effective manner. Crossgate’s e-Invoicing Network is a proven solution that makes regulatory compliance easy for companies in more than 38 countries including Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and the European Union.
Read more about Mexico's e-Invoicing requirements here.
Read more about Brazil's e-Invoicing requirements here.
I am researching Latin America's e-invoicing requirements at this time, so if you have any questions let me know (email me), and I will do my best to find the answers for you. I may not know the answer, but I can ask the right experts.
Kevin R Benedict
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