Businesses misled on email invoicing obligations.

Author:Lee, Stephen
Position:IT News

Over recent months some of the media has been wrongly declaring that companies must now accept invoices by email according to a new European directive. I have been alarmed at the undue concern this misunderstanding is causing my customers and other small businesses in the UK.

Whilst we are currently promoting the business benefits of email invoicing, I wish to stress that it is not a legal requirement. This was confirmed to me in writing by David Watt of HM Customs and Excise who said, "Invoicing by e-mail is optional under the provisions of the EC Directive on Invoicing, not mandatory. It is business itself that...

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