Colombia’s National Directorate of Taxes and Customs, DIAN, first introduced e-invoicing in 2005. In November 2019 it then adopted for full pre-clearance model in along the lines of Brazil and Chile. However, due to legal issues, the new regime did not come into effect until November 2020 for all taxpayers.
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How to generate a Columbian e-invoice
- The supplier creates a draft e-invoice in their accounting or ERP system
- This is transmitted in XML-format via DIAN’s webservice with the CUFE signature. The invoice must include the DIAN authorisation number and its expiry date.
- DIAN undertakes basic validation and certification of the invoice
- This is sent to the customer to review and accept / reject
- The supplier is returned an XML and PDF of the accepted invoice (or reject note)
A QR Code invoice is provided on an invoice for customers who cannot receive the invoice in electronic format.
Central and South America e-invoicing
|Country||Date||Comments (click for details)|
|Argentina||2003||e-Factura Electronic Authorization Code system|
|Bolivia||Dec 2021||SFE Pre-clearance model|
|Brazil||2005||Nota Fiscal Electronic NF-e|
|Chile||2001||DTE tax invoice|
|Colombia||Nov 2020||e-invoice CUFE|
|Dominican Republic||2023||Mandatory e-invoicing phased introduction|
|Ecuador||2014||SFEP VAT e-invoicing|
|El Salvador||2022||Pre-clearance e-invoicing law passed|
|Mexico||2011||Pre-clearance e-invoice CFDI|
|Panama||2021||SFEP VAT e-invoicing with third-party agent required|
|Paraguay||2022||Marangatú, a pre-clearance e-invoice system started 1 Jan 2022|
|Peru||2010||Pre-clearance invoice; requirement for approved e-invoice agent|
|Uruguay||2019||CFE pre-clearnance e-invoicing|