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Created on 03.07.2020

QR-bill: switch over now with ease!

On 30 June 2020, the QR-bill was introduced in Switzerland. It will modernize payment transactions and make issuing and paying invoices simpler. Your company can also benefit. Not made the switch just yet? Here’s how to do it.

The QR-bill paves the way for efficient, automated payment transactions, and makes it easier for companies to process their bills, which in turn reduces the admin involved. To enjoy the benefits of the new QR-bills as an invoice recipient and/or issuer, you will need to switch. Find out more here.

How to switch to the QR-bill as an invoice recipient

Already using accounts payable software?

First, contact your software partner, who will provide you with all the necessary information about the software update. Is it your own software you’re working with? If so, please ensure that this is technologically capable of paying QR-bills.

On our QR-bill test platform, you can test modifications in ISO messages, and create and check documents. Under the menu item “Overview of all documents”, you will find all additional information on the switch to QR-bills.

Hardware: check whether your readers, scanners and printers are ready for the changeover. Get in touch with your hardware partners.

Don’t use accounts payable software?

If you do not use any software to manage your accounts payable and instead pay your bills via e-finance, you do not need to make any preparations. We will ensure that e-finance supports the entry of QR-bill payments when they are introduced. 

Hardware: check whether your readers, scanners and printers are ready for the changeover. Get in touch with your hardware partners.

How to switch to the QR-bill as an invoice issuer

Already using software?

If you use software to create inpayment slips, please contact your software partner. They will send you all the necessary information on the software update. 

If you are using your own software ensure this is ready for QR-bills and that your software can receive and process camt notifications.

On our QR-bill test platform, you can test modifications in ISO messages, and create and check documents. Under the menu item “Overview of all documents”, you will find all additional information on the switch to QR-bills.

Good to know: existing customers (ISR) were assigned a QR-IBAN by PostFinance at the end of June 2020 and notified in writing.

Not using any software?

If you do not use any special software to issue invoices, you can create QR-bills yourself. As a PostFinance customer, you have access to our QR generator.

Here’s how it works:

  • go to postfinance.ch/qr-code-generator
  • enter the necessary information, such as the IBAN, the address of the invoice issuer, the amount, any message you want to add and the details of the debtor
  • print out the QR-bill on white perforated paper

Good to know: existing customers (ISR) were assigned a QR-IBAN by PostFinance at the end of June 2020 and notified in writing. 

For PostFinance SmartBusiness users

Using PostFinance SmartBusiness? The accounts receivable and accounts payable solution will be able to process QR-bills from 30 June 2020.

About the QR-bill

The QR-bill is a product of SIX Interbank Clearing Ltd, and was introduced throughout Switzerland on 30 June 2020. Following an as yet undefined transition period, it will replace the red and orange inpayment slips. The prominent QR code on the QR-bill contains all payment information with payment references that can be used universally. 

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