The German Forum on electronic Invoicing (FeRD) has developed a new release of uniform data format called ZUGFeRD 2.1.1 on 1st July 2020. It can be used for exchanging invoice data between enterprises, authorities and consumers. The format allows for an exchange of structural invoice data between the issuer and the recipient in a single PDF file without any necessary further steps of reading or processing the data.
ZUGFeRD 2.1.1 was developed in close coordination with the French standard Factur-X 1.0, is technically identical to it and thus also pursues the standardization objectives at the European level. The hybrid invoice format contains the structured invoice data in a PDF / A-3 file that forms the view component of the invoice. The structured invoice data can be read out and processed by the invoice recipient.
ZUGFeRD 2.1.1 meets the requirements of the EU Directive and the EU standard.
Free download of version 2.1.1
The complete specification and the format are available in German and English language.
The final version had been released on 24th March 2020.
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