Already in 2020, it was announced in Austria that the portal e-Rechnung.gv.at will no longer accept e-invoices in the formats ebInterface 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 as of January 1, 2022. However, companies still have the option to use older versions until December 31, 2021, in order to have enough time to migrate one of the newer versions. It is recommended to upgrade to the 6.0 version, but the easiest way is to use to version 4.3, because this is supported by ebInterface, just like version 6.0.
What does the discontinuation of versions 4.0 to 4.2 mean?
If the mentioned versions are no longer supported, some functions of them will also be dropped. This means that as of January 1, 2022, invoices in the outdated versions will no longer be
- sent as e-invoices (regardless of the invoice recipient)
- be tested with the test upload
- be used as a template in the form
- be used in “Explain format
- used when testing a SOAP message
- be converted to a preview PDF
PEPPOL as an alternative
As an alternative to the national standard ebInterface, PEPPOL can also be used to transmit electronic invoices. For this, the invoices must be issued in a UBL format. Especially when sending invoices outside of Austria, PEPPOL is a good choice, since a foreign invoicing party usually does not have an Austrian VAT ID and therefore cannot register with the company service provider. Therefore, it is not possible to transmit invoices via ebInterface.