Turkish Social Security Institution (SGK) to receive e-invoices starting Oct’17

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Turkish Social Security Institution (SGK) to receive e-invoices starting Oct’17

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By: Ilke Altin, Channel Sales & Partnerhips Manager, eFinans

Following the successful on-boarding of Turkish Customs Directorate onto the Turkish Revenue Authority’s e-invoicing system, Turkish Social Security Institution (“SGK”) has announced on 22/08/2017 that it shall receive e-invoices as of 01/10/2017. (pdf announcement in Turkish)

Despite the fact that the announcement does not mandate the 60000-odd taxpayers operating in the medical sector (hospitals, pharmacies, prescribed optics retailers, medical diagnostic polyclinics, et al.) to obligatorily go into the e-invoicing system, it shall kick-off with about 500 largest players of Turkish medical sector that shall send their payment claims to the SGK via e-invoicing system. The system will therefore surely entice more users from the medical sector as the first 500 enjoy the advantages of taking out the time and cost associated with documents expediting, manual system entry on the SGK side, approval processes and erroneous invoicing.

The SGK also points to such efficiencies in the last section of its announcement:

… procedures pertaining to medical service providers that are registered to the electronic invoicing system shall be concluded in a shorter period of time thanks to the technological ease brought forward by the electronic invoicing system.

Sources in the Turkish Revenue Authority note that more and more governmental institutions are interested in participating in the ease of e-invoice to streamline their processes and serve the Turkish public in a more efficient an better manner.

(eFinans has made its preparations to serve its current and potential clients that wish to issue invoices in the format the SGK will require. It has started coaching its 130+ software partners to develop their connecting software to serve their clients needs on eFinans’s development environment.)