However, Europe (especially the Nordic countries) might not be alone in prioritizing compliance as the primary rationale to drive widespread adoption of programs. Latin America is also pursuing a similar model and rationale. A recent post over on EEI Platform's site highlights Mexico's drive to require electronic invoicing for tax compliance. Noting that as of the first of this year, "Mexico began requiring companies to integrate with the Mexico Tax Authority (SAT) for real-time issuance and approval of electronic invoices." From some of the details around compliance in Mexico, it seems that the electronic invoicing requirements for tax payment, audit trails and general compliance are even stricter than Europe.
To this end, "the electronic invoice in Mexico is a digital tax receipt...[that] documents and confirms that a business transaction is in accordance with the standards defined by the Mexican Tax legislation...[and is] generated, transmitted and protected by electronic means." Moreover, "companies issuing electronic invoices must keep track of the invoices issued, by storage or backup of digital vouchers, so as to have on hand any clarification required by SAT in the future." The archiving of invoices is somewhat of a twist, as at least some of the supplier network providers facilitating electronic invoicing and related document exchange over a network do not offer permanent archiving as a standard component of their offering (e.g., Ariba).
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