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Information on e-invoicing in Germany’s federal states

by | Jan 4, 2022

A brief overview of information on e-invoicing in Germany’s federal states.

E-invoicing at German federal level and federal state level

Since 27 November 2020, with just a few exceptions, suppliers to the German federal administration have been required to send their invoices electronically. Information on e-invoicing at federal level is available here.

By contrast, Germany’s federal states are responsible for their own e-invoicing measures. This means that you, as a supplier, may have to deal with varying requirements when it comes to sending e-invoices. These requirements are determined by the laws of the federal state(s) in question.

This page provides you with initial information on e-invoicing in Germany’s federal states.

Please note:

The Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community and the Federal Ministry of Finance are responsible for e-invoicing at federal level, but not at federal state level. The information listed here has been provided in response to high demand from invoice issuers. However, we cannot guarantee that the information relating to the various federal states is complete, up-to-date or correct.

E-invoicing in Germany’s federal states

Click on the plus sign next to the name of any federal state to reveal links and contacts that can provide you with initial information on e-invoicing in the federal state in question. Further information is provided here (German only) by the Coordination Office for IT Standards (KoSIT). If you are uncertain about the legal situation, we recommend that you make direct contact with your customer in the relevant federal state administration.

Baden-Württemberg

Ministry responsible:
Ministerium des Inneren, für Digitalisierung und Kommunen Baden-Württemberg

Central authority issuing the buyer reference:
Serviceportal Baden-Württemberg

Email:
service-bw@im.bwl.de 

Website:
service-bw.de/erechnung

Bavaria

Ministry responsible: 
Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Digitales

Central authority issuing the buyer reference:
There is no central authority issuing the buyer reference for organisations that are obliged to accept electronic invoices under Bavaria’s E-Government Act (EGovG). These organisations create their own buyer references (e.g. using Leitweg-ID tools).

Email:

Website:
www.e-rechnung.bayern.de 

Berlin

Ministry responsible:
Senate Department of Finance, Berlin

Central authority issuing the buyer reference:
Senate Department of Finance, Berlin (Senatsverwaltung für Finanzen Berlin, Abteilung II – Finanzpolitik und Haushalt)

Email:
leitweg-id@senfin.berlin.de

Website:
www.berlin.de/e-rechnung

Brandenburg

Ministry responsible:
State Ministry of Finance and European Affairs, Brandenburg (Ministerium der Finanzen und für Europa des Landes Brandenburg)

Central authority issuing the buyer reference:
State Ministry of Finance and European Affairs, Brandenburg

Email:
stefan.koehler-apel@mdfe.brandenburg.de

Website:
mdfe.brandenburg.de/mdfe/de/themen/haushalt-und-finanzen/e-rechnung/

Bremen

Ministry responsible:

The Senator for Finance, Bremen (der Senator für Finanzen Bremen)

Authority issuing the buyer reference:
The Senator for Finance, Bremen

Email:
zerika@finanzen.bremen.de

Website:
 www.e-rechnung.bremen.de (see under Empfangsadressen und Leitweg-IDs)

Hamburg

Ministry responsible:
KASSE.Hamburg

Central authority issuing the buyer reference:
FL DRiVe (head office for e-invoicing in the public administration; Fachliche Leitstelle Digitales Rechnungswesen in der Verwaltung)

Email:
leitwegid@22222.hamburg.de

Website:

Hesse

Ministry responsible:
Hessian Ministry of Finance (Hessisches Ministerium der Finanzen)

Issuing authority:
A buyer reference is not required by the federal state of Hesse. If customers in the public administration in Hesse do use a buyer reference, they issue it directly to the supplier when placing the order.

Email:

Website:
erechnung.hessen.de

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Ministry responsible:
Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Central authority issuing the buyer reference:
Zweckverband Elektronische Verwaltung in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,
Außenstelle Greifswald, Brandteichstraße 20,
17489 Greifswald

Email:
Bjoern.Krabbe@ego-mv.de;
info@ego-mv.de

Website:
https://verzeichnis.erechnung-mv.de/

Lower Saxony

Cancelled

Website:
rechnung.niedersachsen.de

North Rhine-Westphalia

Unfortunately, there is no information available.

Rhineland-Palatinate

In Rhineland-Palatinate, the customer issues the buyer reference directly to the supplier when placing the order.

Saarland

In Saarland, the customer issues the buyer reference directly to the supplier when placing the order.

Saxony

Ministry responsible:
SAXON IT SERVICES

Central authority issuing the buyer reference:
The project office for e-invoicing (Projektbüro E-Rechnung)

Email:
e-rechnung@fs.sachsen.de

Website:
e-rechnung-sachsen.de

Saxony-Anhalt

Ministry responsible:
State Ministry of Finance, Saxony-Anhalt (Ministerium der Finanzen des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt)

Central authority issuing the buyer reference:
State Ministry of Finance, Saxony-Anhalt 

Email:
leitstelle.erechnung@sachsen-anhalt.de

Website:
mf.sachsen-anhalt.de/it/e-rechnung

Schleswig-Holstein

Ministry responsible:
State Ministry of Finance, Schleswig-Holstein (Finanzministerium des Landes Schleswig-Holstein)

Authority issuing the buyer reference:
State Ministry of Finance, Schleswig-Holstein (Finanzministerium des Landes Schleswig-Holstein, Referat VI 24)

Email:
xrechnung@fimi.landsh.de

Website:

Thuringia

Ministry responsible:
Thuringia State Finance Ministry (Thüringer Finanzministerium)

Central authority issuing the buyer reference:
Thuringia State Finance Ministry (Thüringer Finanzministerium)

Email:

Website:
thueringen.de/service-bw.de/erechnung

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