Invopop partners with the local technology provider InvoiceXpress to issue invoices, invoice-receipts and credit notes in Portugal and allow users to submit their tax reports to the Portuguese tax authority (AT).
This guide will walk you through the steps necessary to setup a workflow that will let you issue GOBL documents in Portugal using the InvoiceXpress provider.
Please refer to the docs of the GOBL’s Portugal Tax Regime to learn about the specifics of Portuguese GOBL documents and to get examples.
InvoiceXpress provides a way to configure their accounts to use the AT’s sandbox environment so that you can test the issuance of invoices and credit notes end-to-end without fiscal or legal consequences. If you wish to use this environment, please contact us via Slack or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will walk you through the setup process.
When issuing documents in Portugal, the InvoiceXpress provider takes care of managing and generating sequences as well as generating PDF files. It also supports multiple suppliers/accounts (B2B2C use case). All that means that setting up a workflow in Invopop to issue documents in Portugal is really simple:
- Sign in to Invopop’s Console at https://console.invopop.com.
- If you have multiple companies, choose the one you want to use at the top left.
- Go to “Workflows”, create a new workflow and add a name.
- Add a new “Step” and select “InvoiceXpress” from the list.
- Save the workflow.
This is the minimal workflow you can use to issue invoices in Portugal. You could add other optional integrations now. For example, to send an email with the invoice, notify another system with a webhook, or upload the invoices to a Dropbox account.
Setting up a new supplier’s account
The InvoiceXpress provider supports multiple suppliers: you can use the same workflow with all your suppliers. Each supplier will get their own InvoiceXpress account which they will have to configure and, later, use for tax reporting.
These are the steps to enable a given supplier to issue documents:
Step 1. Send the supplier data
First, you need to send a GOBL Party document with the new supplier information to the workflow you configured with the InvoiceXpress provider in the previous section. With that information, the provider will create a new InvoiceXpress account for the supplier and invite the first user to it.
The following is an example of a GOBL Party document with the minimal supplier information that you need to provide:
"street": "Rua do Hotelzinho",
uuidattribute will identify the supplier’s account. It is possible to have multiple accounts for the same supplier, you just need to use a different UUID for each of them.
- The first address in the
emailslist will receive an invitation to the newly created account in InvoiceXpress.
- Once the account is created and the first user is invited, the workflow job will move to the
QUEUEDstatus. It will stay in that status until the user completes the account configuration (as described in the next step below), when it will move to
Step 2. Configure the InvoiceXpress account
The user invited to the new account will now have to log in to InvoiceXpress and complete the account’s configuration.
An account will be ready to issue invoices once a default sequence is registered in the AT. This guide from InvoiceXpress’ documentation explains how to do it:
📘 Step by Step Guide to Create and Register Sequences (in English)
📘 Guia passo a passo para criar e registar séries e obter o ATCUD (in Portuguese with videos)
- You’ll find a pre-created sequence in the account pending to be registered. You can register and use that one, or create a different one, as you prefer.
- In any case, you must ensure the sequence you want to use is the default one in the account. Currently, only the default series can be used to issue documents.
Realtime tax reporting to the AT
Now, you may also want to enable realtime communication of invoices, transport documents or both to the AT. This is an optional step, as you may prefer to send periodic SAF-T reports to the tax authorities. The following guide explains how to enable realtime communication:
📘 Como criar Utilizador no Portal das Finanças para Comunicação Automática (in Portuguese only)
And you’re done!
At this point, the InvoiceXpress account will be ready to issue documents. To make that happen, you’ll need to send to send GOBL Invoice documents, according the specs of the PT regime, to the same workflow you created in the previous section, making sure the
supplier’s UUID and Tax ID Code are the ones you set when you sent the GOBL Party document to create the account.
Also, the account’s user will now be able to export SAF-T reports directly from the InvoiceXpress UI or, if they prefer so, configure real-time tax communication. This guide describes how: