Proposal for real-time reporting of invoice data from 2023
Real-time reporting of invoice data is gaining momentum in Slovakia. As with many countries, the underlying push for this appears to be related to the need to reduce tax fraud and improve the efficiency of tax collection, and to overhaul the current SAF-T system, which can incur time delays. With the proposed system, data would be required to be reported in real-time before the invoice is sent to the customer.
A draft Act is due to be submitted for feedback shortly relating to invoicing and reporting data. The new law would include an obligation to report structured invoice data to the Financial Administration (FA) on a real-time basis, drawing some parallels with countries such as Hungary adopting a similar approach. The proposed date for implementation is 2023.
Slovakia aims to capture most taxpayers within the proposed changes with only minor exceptions, irrespective of their VAT registration status.
Company accounting software or a free online application would assist in the reporting procedure. As a brief overview, the FA would verify this data and send a QR code to the supplier, which should be added to the invoice.
But it is not only suppliers who are affected. Customers would also be affected. Customers would need to send data from received invoices before VAT deduction. Any breaches of the law could be significant, resulting in fines up €10,000.