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Mastering the e-invoicing transition in tax, accounting, and financial management

Blog, Corporations, E-invoicing, Indirect Tax, ONESOURCE June 20, 2024

The digital transformation of tax, accounting, and financial management is no longer optional. This transformation is most visible in the adoption of electronic invoicing (e-invoicing), a critical shift reshaping the financial landscape of businesses worldwide.

The rise of e-invoicing

According to a recent study runĀ in partnership with Accountancy Age, 134 organisations were surveyed, 83.8% of which had offices in the UK. The results showed that a large portion of finance teams are shifting towards digital methods, particularly e-invoicing. This shift is not merely a trend but a response to the global regulatory landscape that increasingly mandates e-invoicing for enhanced transparency and compliance.


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The financial landscape is undergoing a digital revolution, and e-invoicing is at the forefront. This shift presents a unique set of challenges



While conventional wisdom may suggest that such changes would more significantly impact larger organisations, the survey indicates a more nuanced reality. There was no substantial correlation between the size of a company and the perceived impact of e-invoicing compliance. This underscores the necessity for a differentiated approach in addressing the e-invoicing transition.

Impact and time allocation for transitioning to e-invoicing

The digital transformation of tax and accounting processes is intensifying with e-invoicing becoming a cornerstone of this shift. Survey data highlights a spectrum of perceptions concerning the impact of new e-invoicing compliance requirements. Just over 20% of respondents said the new e-invoicing requirements would have no impact on their organisations. However, just over 28% said it would have a very significant impact.

There is a saying I often use which states ‘perspective changes everything’ and I think this is relevant in explaining the mismatch of opinions,” says Lianne Bowker, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Indirect Tax, Thomson Reuters. “I think the mismatch in views is also largely dependent on the volume of transactions each business has and its global footprint. The greater the volume of transactions and global footprint, the greater the impact the new e-invoicing regulations will have on the business.”

In the survey, 20% of respondents believed that e-invoicing would not impact their business operations. However, over 100 participants indicated that e-invoicing and heightened tax compliance requirements would lead to an increase in their monthly time commitments.

“Tax teams are often being required to do more with less resources and this is putting additional stress on the tax teams. The best way to manage the increased compliance obligations is to use technology to automate and enhance processes,” says Bowker.

Preparedness for e-invoicing compliance

The spectrum of preparedness for e-invoicing compliance ranges widely, with 30.2% of respondents signalling a complete lack of readiness. This substantial proportion reflects potential risks of non-compliance and suggests possible gaps in resources or the prioritisation of regulatory changes.

“I think this is largely dependent on the volume of transactions each business has, and its global footprint,” Bowker explains. “Smaller businesses are less likely to feel a sense of urgency to get ready or make changes.”

Close to 30% of organisations are somewhat prepared, indicating early-stage efforts that are yet to be fully realised. These entities will likely benefit from incremental guidance to navigate the remainder of their compliance journey.

The moderately prepared group, accounting for 21.7%, has proactively engaged with the e-invoicing mandates but recognises the ongoing nature of this challenge. Continuous adaptation and vigilance will be key for these organisations. A smaller fraction, 13.2%, expressed a high level of preparedness, indicative of robust resource allocation and strategic planning, positioning them as industry exemplars.

General challenges and preparation strategies for e-invoicing transitions

As organisations navigate the complexities of transitioning to new e-invoicing regulations, they encounter a range of challenges that test their adaptability and resilience.

Training has surfaced as a prominent hurdle, signifying the urgency to skillfully prepare staff for navigating new software and processes. This is not merely about learning new tools but also about embracing a transformed workflow that e-invoicing entails.

Moreover, the adaptation and integration of software solutions into existing systems has been identified as a recurring obstacle. This suggests that technical preparedness is a widespread concern, likely reflecting the intricacies of ensuring seamless operation amid regulatory changes.

“When it comes to an e-invoicing technology selection, I believe the priority should be security, compliance, and user-friendliness,” says Bowker. “E-invoicing solutions rely on data in the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), and therefore it is more important for the data in the ERP to be compliant with the rules and regulations before it is passed into the e-invoicing solution.”

Financial considerations are also pressing, as cost management emerges as a critical facet of compliance endeavours.

Adopting to e-invoicing

The data suggests that some companies are successfully adopting digital invoicing, while others are only beginning to encounter the challenges it presents. Training, cost management, and technical readiness are critical hurdles, but they also present opportunities for growth and innovation.

For CFOs and accounting leaders, proactive and strategic decision-making is paramount. The future of e-invoicing is poised for further evolution, and technology will play an increasingly important role. Focus on strategic planning, using strong technical solutions, and creating a culture of continuous learning. This will ensure organisational success in the ever-changing financial environment.

It is clear that e-invoicing is not just a trend, but a necessary step towards streamlining financial processes and improving efficiency. Companies that have successfully implemented e-invoicing have seen significant benefits such as reduced processing time, increased accuracy, and cost savings. On the other hand, companies that have been slow to adopt this technology are facing challenges such as resistance to change and a lack of technical expertise. However, these challenges can be turned into opportunities by investing in training programs and employing cost-effective solutions.



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The financial landscape is undergoing a digital revolution, and e-invoicing is at the forefront. This shift presents a unique set of challenges