‘E-invoicing’ or ‘electronic invoicing’ is a system in which B2B invoices are authenticated electronically by GSTN/IRP portal of Government of India. This is done by issuing/validating an identification number (IRN) and QR code against every invoice for further use by various Government portal like GSTN or EWay Bill portal.
The GST Council approved the implementation of electronic invoicing or E-invoicing for business to business (B2B) transactions from January 1, 2020. After being implemented, it might curb tax evasion by pre-populating GST returns with the e-invoice details. The filing of GST returns will also become simpler with easy reconciliation. Recently, a concept note was made available on the GST Network (GSTN) website explaining what e-invoice is and how it operates.