An invoice meets several needs:
- Accounting (keeping a record of transactions)
- Taxes (for the State to collect what it is owed)
- As information for the client (how much do I owe and how can I pay, etc.)
An invoice must include certain information, especially for tax authorities.
- Creditor identification, including their VAT number, if applicable
- Client identification (the debtor), including their VAT number, if applicable
- The goods and/or services in question and their prices
- An invoice number (a sequential number in the book of sales invoices)
- An invoice date (and preferably, also a due date)
- VAT and rates
- Note: for Flanders, certain information in Dutch is required.
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