In April this year, the Austrian Parliament passed a new law which will force any organisation working with the federal Austrian government to use e-invoicing, via a dedicated Government portal.
The portal will force suppliers to deliver structured e-invoices for all goods or services delivered. So Austria is joining the growing number of EU Governments mandating the use of e-invoice portals (a move pioneered in Scandinavia).
One potential issue is that the majority of these portals are proprietary – meaning that different formats may have to be used when dealing with different Governments. This seems to be in conflict with the upcoming EU e-invoicing directive that is expected to come into effect next year.
It will be interesting to see how these fragmented, country-specific moves to e-invoicing will resolve themselves into more coherent, unified solutions. But one thing is certain – the drive towards e-invoicing is becoming unstoppable.
There’s more about Austria’s move here: http://eeiplatform.com/7889/austria-mandates-structured-e-invoicing-as-from-1-january-2014/