“Which ebilling format should I use to submit my invoices?”  This is a question we hear frequently.  The table below provides insight on the differences between the different ebilling formats.

First though, has your client provided instructions on which format to use? If so, follow them.

Format, Original Release Notes Recent Revisions Complexity and Update Notes When Not to Use Format Status
LEDES 1998B, 1998.  Simple invoice.  Use if based in US and invoice does not include tax. Last Rev. 7-2014 ASCII, Pipe delimited, 24 fields If invoice includes AFAs; any tax on legal fees or Withholding; invoice is a Credit Note (legal instrument that corrects a VAT invoice); if located in a Clearance Tax System country Will not be updated
LEDES 2000, 2000.  Supports single tax. Last Rev. 10-2019 XML with DTD, 125 data elements within 7 segments. If invoice includes AFAs; multiple taxes on legal fees, Withholding or Tiered Tax; invoice includes Withholding; invoice is a Credit Note (legal instrument that corrects a VAT invoice); if located in a Clearance Tax System country Will not be updated
LEDES 98BI, 2005.  Built on LEDES 98B.  Globally compliant industry-specific EDI for eInvoicing with PDF; supports single tax Last Rev. Ver. 5, 7-2014
ASCII, Pipe delimited, 52 fields
If invoice includes AFAs; multiple taxes on legal fees, Withholding or Tiered Tax; invoice is a Credit Note (legal instrument that corrects a VAT invoice); if located in a Clearance Tax System country Not intended for additional update 
New Release Ver. 2.0.3 1-2020 ASCII, Pipe delimited, 52 fields.

Extends tax rate field

XML 2.0, 2006.  Globally compliant industry-specific EDI for eInvoicing.  Represents the nature of the financial transaction between the parties. Supports multiple taxes on-line items; provides AFA support. Last Rev. Ver. 2.0.2, 7-2014 XML with XSD, 153 data elements within 15 segments If invoice includes Withholding; invoice is a Credit Note (legal instrument that corrects a VAT invoice); invoice includes Tiered Tax Not intended for additional update 
New Release Ver. 2.0.3, 1-2020 153 data elements within 16 segments.

Extends tax rate field; includes Clearance Tax system authorization number; clarifies certain data points

XML 2.1, 2008.  Built on XML 2.0.  Globally compliant industry-specific EDI for eInvoicing.  Published math statement.  Supports Withholding, Credit Notes; AFAs; adds @Regulatory Segment for invoice-level global regulatory extensibility. Last Rev. Ver.  2.1.2 7-2014 XML with XSD, 191 data elements within 16 segment If invoice includes Tiered Tax Not intended for additional update 
New Release Ver. 2.1.3 1-2020 192 data elements within 16 segments.

Extends tax rate field; includes Clearance Tax system authorization number; clarifies certain data points

XML 2.2, 2020.  Built on XML 2.1.3. Globally compliant industry-specific EDI for eInvoicing.  Supports Tiered Taxes. (none) XML with XSD, 205 data elements within 18 segments. Newest release

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