When and how was e-Invoicing introduced in India?

In August 2020, the Government of India streamlined the process of generating, reporting and managing invoices to reduce the scope for errors and fraudulent activities. During launch, the government mandated e-Invoicing for businesses with an aggregate turnover greater than ₹500 crores. In succession, the Government of India implemented e-Invoicing in multiple phases to bring more businesses into e-invoicing framework. Here’s a table detailing the phases in which it was introduced:

Phase Turnover Criteria Date of Implementation Government Notification
I Above ₹500 Crores 1 Oct 2020 61/2020
II Above ₹100 Crores 1 Jan 2021 88/2020
III Above ₹50 Crores 1 Apr 2021 5/2021
IV Above ₹20 Crores 1 Apr 2022 1/2022
V Above ₹10 Crores 1 Oct 2022 17/2022
VI Above ₹5 Crores 1 Aug 2023 10/2023

As per notification 10/2023, it is mandatory for businesses with a aggregate turnover above ₹5 crores to generate e-invoices starting from 1 August 2023.

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