Key dates for electronic invoicing in Colombia

Key dates for electronic invoicing in Colombia


Colombia’s electronic invoice is beginning its decisive stage. These are the key dates to keep in mind:

  • On December 29, 2017 a decree was published indicating that those companies that had requested numbering ranges during previous years for electronic invoices that were dealt with in decree 1929 of May 29, 2007 had six months to implement the electronic invoicing.
  • Large taxpayers selected by DIAN that issue more than 3 million invoices will have three additional months to implement their project.
  • January 1, 2019: New extension for Large taxpayers who present technical difficulties.
  • Throughout 2019: DIAN will communicate implementation dates for the rest of the companies based on their economic activity.

DIAN Resolution 000002 of 3 January 2019 states that, for now, only those that were classed large taxpayers on February 6, 2018 will be required to bill electronically, as well as those who over the last 6 years have been using e-invoicing in compliance with Decree 1929 of May 2007.

For purposes of fiscal control, the issuance (generation and delivery) of the electronic invoice must comply with the following technological and fiscal content conditions:

  • Use the standard XML electronic format established by DIAN.
  • Carry out consecutive numbering authorized by DIAN under the conditions indicated.
  • Comply with the requirements indicated in Tax Article 617, except for the name or business name and NIT of the printer and the pre-printing requirements referred to in this standard and discriminate tax on consumption when appropriate. When the natural person does not have an NIT, the type and number of the identification document must be included.
  • Include a digital or electronic signature as an element to guarantee the authenticity and integrity of the electronic invoice from its issuance to its conservation, according to Law 962 of 2005 in accordance with the law of 1999 Decree 2364 1, Decree 333 of 2014 and the norms that they modify, add or replace and in accordance with the signature policy established by DIAN.
  • Include the Unique Electronic Invoice Code.

Begin your project with EDICOM easily and efficiently

EDICOM, as a technological provider authorized by DIAN has more than 20 years of experience in the electronic data interchange and electronic invoicing sector. We offer integrated and automated solutions from the issuance, validation, declaration, sending and maintenance of electronic invoices, following the requirements of the regulations. In addition, we have our own infrastructure that allows us to centralize all the management of the platform under the SLA service guarantee of permanent development, improvement, and adaptation of our solutions.

In accordance with our commitment to guarantee the highest level of service, we have a multitude of approvals and accreditations that certify the security of information such as ISO 27001.

If you are obligated to use electronic invoicing or if you wish to use electronic invoicing voluntarily, please contact us to start your project as soon as possible.

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