Italy is opening up its FatturaPA payments services. Starting in January, the system can also be used for free by companies to send invoices to other companies and citizens.
The FatturaPA electronic invoicing solution is used by public administrations to submit, manage and settle invoices. Invoices are transmitted in the eFatturaPA XML (Extensible Markup Language) and XSD (XML Schema Definition) formats, standardising required information including addresses, bank account details and VAT.
The two XML standard have now been updated, to accommodate their use by companies to send and invoices, Agenzia per l'Italia Digitale (AGID) - the country’s Agency for the Digitalisation of the Public Sector- announced on 5 December.
AGID warns that FatturaPA will be down from 1 to 8 January 2017, to allow the new XML and XSD formats to be implemented.
Technical specifications and other documents related to the new XML schema are available on the FatturaPA website.