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Panama mandatory SFEP VAT e-invoicing delay

DGI delays for roll out of mandatory e-invoicing to October 2022

Since 2021, a pilot roll out is underway of mandatory e-invoicing for all new taxpayers on the  Electronic Invoicing System SFEP (sistema de facturación electrónica de Panamá). Part of the aim of the pilot is to withdraw the use of fiscal cash registers. The next stage, B2G supplies by e-invoice has now been delayed to 31 October 2022.

Panama’s system is built on the same processes as Mexico and Peru.

Check VAT Calc’s global live VAT invoice transaction and e-invoice reporting tracker to see where else real-time submissions of invoices is being implemented.

The Panama rollout will now be as follows:

  • Jan 2022 all newly registered taxpayers must enter the SFEP regime
  • Oct 2022 all B2G transactions must be via SFEP
  • Jan 2023 any pilot-registered taxpayers must use SFEP for all transactions except exports or imports

Key features of Panama’s SFEP e-invoicing

  • A free e-invoice creation services is available for taxpayers B 1million(approx €900k or $1million); or less than 200 transactions per month.
  • Suppliers must seek permission from DGI to issue e-invoices instead of using fiscal devices, and be granted an electronic certificate issued by the National Directorate of Electronic Signature
  • Invoices should be converted into XML for live transmission
  • Like Mexico and Peru, an Authorised Qualified Provider (‘PAC’) e-invoice agent must be appointed, or the taxpayer may use the free online invoicing DGI portal, Facturador Gratuito
  • Each invoice is give a Unique Electronic Invoice Code (CUFE) number

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