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31.05.2019

Portugal: Invoices and other tax-relevant documents: new rules

Decree-Law No. 28/2019 of 15 February 2019 consolidates and updates Portuguese obligations for invoices and other tax-relevant documents

Key Facts
  • DL 28/2019 entered into force on 16 February but includes some measures that apply in a phased manner.
  • DL 28/2019 is applicable to all taxable persons that carry out taxable transactions subject to Portuguese invoicing rules.
  • The new article 35-A transposes article 219-A of the VAT Directive, which clarifies when the issuance of an invoice for a taxable supply is subject to Portuguese rules.

Decree-Law No. 28/2019 of 15 February 2019 (“DL 28/2019”) consolidates and updates Portuguese obligations for invoices and other tax-relevant documents.

DL 28/2019 entered into force on 16 February but includes some measures that apply in a phased manner, as described below.

DL 28/2019 is applicable to all taxable persons that carry out taxable transactions subject to Portuguese invoicing rules. The new article 35-A added to the Portuguese VAT Code transposes article 219-A of the VAT Directive, which clarifies when the issuance of an invoice for a taxable supply is subject to Portuguese rules.

Exclusive use of certified invoicing programmes

Obligation of exclusive use of invoicing programmes certified by the Portuguese Tax Authority (“PTA”) to issue invoices and other tax-relevant documents

  1. by taxable persons with their head office or fixed establishment in the Portuguese territory or
  2. by taxable persons that perform taxable transactions to which Portuguese VAT rules apply,

whenever one of the following conditions is met:

  • Turnover exceeding EUR 75,000 in 2019 (from 2020: EUR 50,000);
  • Use of invoicing software or
  • Obliged to have, or opted for, organised accounting.

This obligation has to be fulfilled by the taxpayers concerned from 1 July 2019. The PTA has a list of currently available certified invoicing programmes and is also expected to provide a free billing application (invoicing software).

Exemption from printing or transmitting e-invoices in transactions with non-taxable persons

Taxpayers are exempt from the printing of paper invoices or the electronic transmission of PDF invoices to customers/recipients when recipients are non-taxable persons (except where they request it), provided that the following conditions are cumulatively fulfilled:

  • The tax identification number of the purchaser is included in the invoice;
  • Invoices are processed and communicated to the PTA through a certified computer programme, and
  • The taxable person has opted for the transmission of invoices in real time to the PTA.

Electronic archive

Invoices and other tax-relevant documents issued or received in paper form can be digitised and stored in electronic form. When the documents are in paper form, the archive must be stored in the Portuguese territory, while if they are in electronic form, the file may be stored in any EU Member State, subject to the prior authorisation of the PTA.

Taxable persons are obliged to notify the location of the archive to the PTA within 30 days following the publication of the ordinance that alters the models of the declarations of commencement and of alterations of activity (to be published).

Notification on establishments

Obligation to notify the following information to the PTA:

  • Identification and location of the establishments where invoices and other tax-relevant documents are issued;
  • Identification of the equipment used for the processing of invoices and other tax-relevant documents;
  • The number of the programme’s certificate used in each piece of equipment, where applicable;
  • Identification of distributors and installers of billing solutions.

This information must be electronically notified through the PTA portal, until 30 June 2019, or within 30 days after the beginning of the activity of the taxable person, for the taxable persons who initiate activity after 31 May 2019.

Deadline for communicating invoice details (SAF-T-files)

The time frame for communication to the PTA of the invoice details (most frequently done through the submission of the SAF-T file) has been shortened:

  • During 2019 – until the 15th of the month following the date of issuance;
  • From 1 January 2020 – until the 10th of the month following the date of issuance. 

QR code and single document code

As of 1 January 2020, invoices and other tax-relevant documents must include a two-dimensional barcode (QR code) and a single document code, to be defined by Government ordinance.

Prior notification of documents’ series numbers

Taxable persons shall be responsible for sending an electronic notification to the PTA regarding the identification of the series numbers used in the issuance of invoices (prior to their use) and other tax-relevant documents by each establishment and suitable processing means (unique invoice code: UUID).

For each document series number notified, the PTA will assign an additional (tax office) code for each invoice which should be referenced on the invoice. 


Contact

Conceição Gamito
Email:  crg@vda.pt

Article published in WTS Global VAT Newsletter Q1/2019
Recent or expected changes in VAT and GST regulations and compliance duties in various EU and third countries
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