Since 1 January 2011, companies in Holland have been able to submit their invoices to the central government electronically – but it seems that paper invoicing is still the dominant method. All 78 central government organisations in Holland are poised to move to eInvoicing, handled by Digipoort, the electronic post office of the government.
"Electronic invoicing is faster, easier and therefore cheaper," said Mr. Verhagen, the Dutch Minister for Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. He went on to say that the move is good for taxpayers, and for businesses.
Minister Verhagen wants all other levels of government (provinces, municipalities) to be ready to receive electronic invoices in 2018. However, of the 14.4 million invoices sent to government authorities, only 6% were digital and of those, 80% were printed and processed manually.
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