Electronic Invoice for Public Procurement

Starting in April, purchases made by the State of Guatemala in amounts greater than $11,500 must be made using an online electronic invoice.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

According to the Ministry of Finance, the willingness to pay through an online Electronic Invoice FEL applies to public purchases in the modalities of Tender, Quotation, Open Contract or Reverse Electronic Auction.

This guideline is carried out within the framework of the Resolution of the Superintendence of Tax Administration Number SAT DSI-243-2019, dated March 11 of this year, which was published on March 13 in the Diario de Centroamérica.

Abel Cruz, Superintendent of Tax Administration, indicated that "... this measure seeks to incorporate into the Online Electronic Invoice Regime -FEL- the taxpayers that provide goods, works, services and supplies to State entities and their decentralized and autonomous entities, for the corresponding purposes. He added that SAT has issued more than three million Electronic Invoices; taxpayers who have an Online Virtual Agency can request registration to the FEL Regime in less than 10 minutes."

Victor Martinez, the Minister of Public Finance, reported that "... the personnel of the executing units of the different dependencies of the public administration are being trained to apply this provision that promotes fiscal transparency, contributes to the modernization of the public procurement process, and compliance with tax obligations. Likewise, less bureaucracy, more speed and more guarantee of payment and traceability of information systems and processes.
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