1. Belgian public sector suppliers are obliged to send and receive electronic invoices
2015 was the start of mandatory electronic invoicing (e-invoicing) in Belgium. The first mandate required the Flemish public sector to process e-invoices.
The public sector mandate expanded over the next few years into the Brussels region and evolved to include both the sending and receiving of electronic invoices.
The public sector e-invoicing mandate did not stop there. On the 31st of March 2022, the government announced the nationwide expansion of mandatory public-sector e-invoicing, based on the following dates and supplier contract value:
- 1 November 2022 - For contracts higher than the threshold of €215,000
- 1 May 2023 - For contracts equal or greater than €30,000
- 1 November 2023 - For contracts less than €30,000
Contracts for the amount of €3,000 or less are exempt.
2. Mandatory B2B electronic invoicing will take place
The Belgian government has announced a plan for mandatory business-to-business (B2B) electronic invoicing.
One proposal stated the 1st of January 2025 as a start date. However, recent developments have affected the proposal and the mandates are now under consideration.
3. Belgium uses a Peppol access point named Mercurius
Mercurius is the name of the Belgian and regional government’s Peppol access point. Businesses send invoices to Mercurius in order to access Peppol. All electronic invoices must be archived for at least seven years.
4. Electronic documents must be in the Peppol BIS 3.0 format
Electronic invoices, credit notes and related accounts-payable and accounts-receivable documents must conform to the Peppol BIS 3.0 document format. Peppol BIS is classed as a UBL format and is Peppol’s default format for how an electronic document should be structured.
5. Belgium has a €4.5 billion VAT gap
According to the European Commission's latest study, Belgium has a €4.5 billion VAT gap (12.3% of their overall VAT). The European Commission's study reported that Romania has the largest gap at 34.9%. Belgium is around the central point in the list.
6. Unifiedpost Group’s compliant solutions are suited for Belgian businesses
Unifiedpost Group connects to international networks and platforms such as Mercurius and Peppol. Allowing Belgian businesses to adopt e-invoicing processes using a trusted and compliant provider.
Our e-invoicing solutions work for small, medium and large businesses. Tailored for each business’ needs with value-added-services such as easy supplier onboarding, payment links, electronic signatures and more.
B2B mandatory e-invoicing may be a few years away but it pays to transition to electronic invoicing before any mandates come into play, so that businesses can reap the many e-invoicing benefits. Learn more about our offering for Belgian companies as well as our global solutions.