How does e-Invoice System Work

|Updated on: February 25, 2022

With the e-invoice concept being introduced from 1St October 2020 and the 4th phase to be implemented from 1st April 2022, how does e-invoice system work is the question of the hour?

In simple words, e-invoicing is a system through which business to business (B2B) transactions are authenticated electronically by the IRP portal for further use on the common GSTN portal.

In the e-invoice system, the moment you create an invoice for your customer, it should be uploaded to IRP (Invoice Registration Portal) where the validation will be done, and a unique number called IRN (Invoice Reference Number) along with the QR code will be issued.  

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An invoice remains valid only if it has IRN and QR code that is authenticated by the IRP (Invoice Registration Portal). Here, IRP is a designated portal designed to accept, validate and authenticate the invoice.Know more on IRN, Format and ways to generate it

In contrast to the current system of GST which requires only the details of invoice to be uploaded periodically in GSTR-1, the e-invoice system requires you to upload and get the invoice authenticated by the IRP system.  Without further ado, let’s understand how e-invoice system works?

How does e-Invoice system work?

For us to understand the workflow of the e-invoice system, it is important to know the participants of the system. The key participants of e-way bill system are represented in the below diagram along with their interactions.

How does e-Invoice system work

As depicted in the above diagram, the workflow of the e-invoice system can be categorized into 2 parts. First is the interaction between the business (supplier in case of invoice) and the Invoice Registration Portal (IRP). The second part is the interaction between the IRP and the GST/E-Way Bill Systems and the Buyer.  Let’s now understand the e-invoice system in detail.

e-invoice system workflowThe above illustrative diagram of e-invoice system is explained below

  • The supplier generates the invoice JSON in the prescribed format. It can be either the ERP software generates the e-invoice JSON or you can use the offline utility tool do it. 

  • The JSON is uploaded to IRP (Invoice Register Portal) by the supplier. If the ERP software is integrated with IRP via GSP, the upload of the JSON file will be automated, meaning system sends the required details directly to the IRP portal. 

  • IRP validates the JSON generated by the ERP Software

  • On successful validation,  IRN is generated. Also, the invoice is digitally signed and QR code is added by IRP

  • The digitally signed e-invoice JSON along with QR code will be sent the supplier who in turn will print these details on the invoice. In the case of an integrated environment of ERP and IRP via GSP, the software will automatically fetch and print such details.

  • The signed e-invoice data along with IRN (same JSON data returned by the IRP to the seller) will be sent to E-Way Bill System and to the GST System

  • Using the JSON data received from IRP, the e-invoice system will auto-populate the Part-A of e-way.  If the complete details of e-way bill (Part -A and Part-B) are available with the seller at the time of generation of e-invoice, the e-way bill will be generated automatically, and e-invoice data will  also capture e-way bill number

  • Similarly, GST system will auto-populate the details in GSTR-1 and GSTR-2A

  • Buyer will get real-time visibility in GSTR-2A for confirming the ITC of the invoice uploaded by the supplier

With e-invoice already been implemented for bigger businesses and nearing deadline of implementing e-invoicing for 50 crores and above businesses, it is a necessity for the business to have an accounting or ERP software which will help you seamlessly generate e-invoice without impacting the way you use to operate your business. While the applicability of the e-invoice is for the business more than 50 crores from 1st April,21, the long-term vision of the council is to implement the new e-invoicing system for all taxpayers irrespective of the turnover threshold. 

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