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The solutions that SAP offers its customers, through its partners, generally cover all existing business needs. However, until some time ago it was not possible to use SAP Customer Checkout in Portugal.

ATTENTION PARTNERS - THAT IS NO LONGER A PROBLEM!!!!!


We are pleased to announce that it is now possible to use SAP Customer Checkout in Portugal.


Legal background


Since June 23, 2010, all software for processing invoices and other fiscal relevant documents in Portugal are required by the tax authority to comply with a set of technical requirements with the main objective of combating the underground economy, fraud, and tax evasion. To this extent, mechanisms are foreseen to reinforce the control of operations carried out by taxable persons, through the identification of the invoicing programs marketed, the establishments where invoicing terminals are installed and the obligation for the invoices issued to contain a single document code.

Decree-Law No. 28/2019, of February 15, consolidated all the legislation that was dispersed, to simplify its consultation and provide greater legal certainty to taxpayers and software producers. Not being the only ones, the main technical requirements that the software is bound to are:

  • You should be able to export the tax audit file provided for in Article 123(8) of the IRC Code, known as SAFT-PT.

  • The numbering sequence shall respect the evolution of the date and time of issuing the documents and shall be continuous within each document type.

  • It shall have a system to identify the recording of the document record by means of an asymmetric cipher algorithm and a private key of exclusive knowledge of the program producer.

  • Registration of a barcode - QR Code - and a single document code on invoices and other tax-relevant documents.

  • Mandatory tax information, not existing in the standard data model



Simplified invoice - Sample



The solution


As an SAP Business One partner, we have a strong, complete, robust and extensibility solution to meet the requirements set by our customers. However, we lacked a small piece in this huge puzzle to meet a set of specific requirements, we needed a solution:

  • Designed specifically for retail

  • With simple integration with SAP Business One and other SAP ERPs

  • Offline and online operating capability, transparently and continuously

  • Simple to install and configure

  • Regardless of software and hardware


After a detailed analysis of existing solutions, we felt that it would make sense that the solution should be found within the SAP ecosystem, and that SAP Customer Checkout would be the natural choice. It complied with all the business requirements that were required of us to be the missing piece of the puzzle and to leverage SAP Business One in Portugal. The only problem we found was that the SAP Customer Checkout was not fiscalized or certified to be used in Portugal, so we decided to start this project.

The process began in March 2021 with internal research, analysis of the product's extensibility, analysis of the gap between what the solution offered and what would be necessary to comply with the legal requirements required by the tax authority, and this is the case where we recognized the advantage of belonging to an ecosystem so rich in partners that it allowed us to meet Robert Zieschang and hokona. Together we developed a fantastic plug-in that allowed us to localize and certify SAP Customer Checkout for Portugal


Portuguese tax authority



But what offers this plug-in?


This plug-in allows SAP Customer Checkout to comply with all legal requirements required by the Tax Authority of Portugal and, in summary, offers:

  • Issuing invoice-receipt, simplified invoices, and credit notes.

  • Predefined (80 mm) print template for Portugal with all the mandatory legal information

  • Digital signature with asymmetric cipher algorithm that ensures chronological sequence of document numbering

  • Export of an audit file to the tax authority (SAFT-PT)


Conclusion


With these features of the Portuguese localization, customers and partners around the world can choose SAP Customer Checkout as a retail solution in Portugal. Please feel free to add any comments and questions


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You can find more information about SAP Customer Checkout here .
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