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XRechnung - the standard for electronic invoicing for public clients

As of 27.11.2020, suppliers of public clients must send invoices in the so-called “XRechnung” format. This format is an XML-based data model that is currently being established as the standard for electronic invoices.

According to the Decision of the IT Planning Council of 22.06.2017 (Link only available in German), XRechnung is decisive for the implementation of the Directive 2014/55/EU (Link only available in German) in Germany. XRechnung thus forms a reliable basis for the exchange of electronic invoices from and with German administrations.

The XRechnung standard is operated by KoSIT on behalf of the IT Planning Council and consists of various components that support technical implementation. The standard was developed by experts from the federal, state and local governments as part of the eRechnung steering project.

Validity period

The following table provides an overview of the validity periods of the individual versions of the standard. Only the currently valid version is to be used.

XRechnung-Version Version from Validity period
2.0.1 16.12.2020 from 01.07.2021
2.0.0 30.06.2020 01.01.2021 - 30.06.2021
1.2.2 19.12.2019 01.07.2020 - 31.12.2020
1.2.1 28.06.2019 01.01.2019 - 30.06.2020
1.2.0 18.12.2018 01.07.2019 - 31.12.2019
1.1 30.11.2017 01.12.2017 - 30.06.2019
1.0 10.05.2017 01.06.2017 - 30.11.2017

Processable document types for XRechnung in Business Central

Currently, the Connector 365 XRechung-App is able to process the following document formats as XRechnung:

  • Sales invoices
  • Sales credit memos
  • Service invoices 1
  • Service credit memos 1

  1. Note: To create XRechnung files for service reports, a premium license is required.
    You can order it here. The function is included OnPrem. ↩︎ ↩︎