2024-28 phased introduction of B2B centralised pre-clearance e-invoicing to tackle fictitious invoice fraud
The Israeli Ministry of Finance is progressing a centralised Continuous Transaction Control (CTC) based electronic invoicing regime. The aim is to tackle the large ‘fictions invoice’ fraud problem, often used by criminal gags to launder money. The new requirement to obtain a unique digital sales invoice number – Allocation Number – from the Ministry prior to issuing an e-invoice will be for a 1-year 2024 pilot. However, the Ministry will be able to extend this depending on the success.
The Ministry is proposing 5 phased introduction from January 2024 of the threshold for eligible invoices to be submitted to the Tax Authority in real-time for validation and allocation of a unique digital invoice number. Without this number, it will not be possible to deduct input VAT. The invoice thresholds will be applied as follows:
- 2024 – above NIS 25,000 (approx €6,250 or USD 6,710)
- 2025 – above NIS 20,000
- 2026 – above NIS 15,000
- 2027 – above NIS 10,000
- 2028 – above NIS 5,000 (approx €1,300 or USD 1,600).
Pre-clearance model to combat fictitious VAT invoices
The aim is to tackle the huge fraud problems around fictitious B2B VAT invoices, used by companies as deductions against their own VAT liabilities. The Tax Authority believe this costs the country billions in lost revenues. A pre-clearance model would give the tax authorities an advanced opportunity to cross-check any submitted invoice with the original supplier’s records.
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