Forum for electronic Invoicing in Germany

The free data format for electronic invoices

Supporting efficient processes in Enterprises and Public Administrations

ZUGFeRD Data Format

In collaboration with FeRD, various partners from the private and administrative sector have developed a data format called ZUGFeRD. The ZUGFeRD approach builds on a combination of PDF with integrated structured data. It is based on a core invoice, which leads to easy implementation. Basic idea of ZUGFeRD is that everybody should be able to exchange electronic invoices without consultation or agreement in advance. The ZUGFeRD data format for electronic invoices is available for free in its version 2.1.

In our brochure “Electronic Invoices – Practical Guidelines for Companies” we show the rules and regulations applying to both the paper invoice and the e-invoice, and we highlight the special provisions that apply specifically to e-invoices in the areas of transmission, approval, correction and record keeping.


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