• Last edited on: 14 November 2020


Examples of compliant cXML invoices and credit notes for Switzerland.


The Swiss VAT Act 2009 lays down the layout and information to be provided on invoices.

New Swiss guidelines around QR bills are meant to replace payment slips as of June 30, 2020. Our external tax compliance advisors (PWC) have confirmed that it is not mandatory for the Swiss QR bill code to be present on the invoice.


  • When setting up your remit-to-address , your VAT ID must be in the following format: CHE 999.999.999 MWST
  • All tax amounts must include the alternateAmount and alternateCurrency attributes. The alternate currency must be set to CHF . See Providing Amounts in Local Currency for more info.
  • When adding a tax exempt line or creating a reverse change invoice, add this element to your cXML: <Description xml:lang="en-US">Line level exemption reason</Description>
  • Include the <Description> element immediately after <tax-amount>. It's required when the TaxDetails category contains an exemption. See Add Tax Exemption Details to an Invoice for more info.

Invoice content requirements

Invoice Content Field Mandatory/Conditional Comments
Supplier Name Mandatory The full name of the supplier
Supplier Address Mandatory The address of the supplier
Supplier VAT ID Mandatory The VAT ID-number of the supplier
Buyer  Name Mandatory The full name of the buyer
Buyer Address Mandatory The address of the buyer
Buyer VAT ID Recommended The VAT ID-number of the buyer
Invoice Date Mandatory The date of issue of the invoice
Date of Supply Conditional The date of the supply of the goods/services
Net Total Mandatory Amount payable (VAT excluded)
Tax Total Mandatory The total VAT amount
Gross Total Mandatory Amount payable (VAT included)
Amount to pay Mandatory Total amount payable
Late Payment Penalty Conditional The penalty received in case of late payment
Early Payment Discount Conditional The discount received in case of early payment
Quantity Mandatory The quantity of the goods supplied or the extent and nature of the services rendered.
Description Mandatory The description/nature of the goods or services
Taxable Amount Mandatory Taxable amount (per line)
Tax Rate Mandatory Applicable VAT rate (per good/service)
Tax Amount Mandatory VAT payable (per line)
Unit Price Conditional Unit price exclusive of VAT
Discount Amount Conditional
Discount Percent Conditional
Discount terms Conditional
Unit of Measure Mandatory

Extrinsic fields

The following extrinsics are required to send a compliance-assured Swiss invoice. You may require additional extrinsics specific to your industry or billing situation:

  • LatePaymentPenalties
  • EarlyPaymentProvisions
  • DueDate
  • ExchangeRate

See Adding Extrinsics to Your Invoice for more info.

Example invoices