The Croatian Chamber of Commerce's (HGK) IT association has organized the presentation of the Cash Transaction Fiscalization Bill for its members on Thursday, 2 August 2012 in HGK's new hall at Nova cesta in Zagreb.
The Fiscalization Bill, which was approved by the Croatian Government on 26 July and sent to parliamentary proceeding, was presented by Ministry of Finance, Tax Administration experts Vlasta Marinović and Goran Januš, assisted on some provisions by FINA's Andreja Kajtaz and APIS-IT's Zdravko Dragićević.
Only the IT and technical aspects of the Bill were presented at the conference. The Bill's legal details will be presented during the next conference, when law experts will also be present. Implementation is planned from the beginning of next year, and by 1 July 2013 it should become mandatory for all subjects to fiscalization. The Bill and its practical application were presented by Tax Administration experts, while the parts regarding certificates and transaction fiscalization were respectively presented by representatives of FINA and APIS, the companies which will deal with those areas of the application of the Bill.
It should be noted that this was the first public presentation of the Fiscalization Bill, if we discount the Government meeting, so the large interest from HGK member companies - with more than 230 representatives at the conference, well above venue capacity - is understandable.
The present HGK members were mostly satisfied with the presented fiscalization model, which will, unlike the surrounding countries who have already introduced fiscalization, be a purely software-based model and will not require the subjects to acquire special, state-certified tax cash registers, printers or computer memory, which would significantly prolong the process, complicate it and make it more expensive.
What is necessary for initial implementation of fiscalization is for the users to have a cash register which can connect to the Internet, and for them to buy a security certificate from FINA. The issuance of the fiscal receipt comprises of having the user's digital cash register, using the FINA certificate, encode the receipt and send it to the Tax Administration server, after which the same server sends the user a string which represents the Unique Receipt ID (JIR), which is special and unique for every issued receipt, and it must be printed on the receipt. Based on the JIR, the citizens will be able to verify the issued receipt using an SMS text message or the Tax Administration's website, which makes each citizen a sort of a tax inspector.
A part of the IT experts who were present have expressed their concerns about the JIR return speed being too slow, which would significantly slow down the issuing of receipts if a store is crowded, especially in big commercial and hospitality systems. The APIS-IT representative tried to appease their doubts by stating that APIS-IT has been doing on-line betting house surveillance and that their servers can accept up to 1000 separate bets per second.
The IT experts also expressed their doubts about the possibility of properly testing fiscal cash register applications before the proposed deadlines, and have asked for testing permissions even before all necessary specifications become available.
As no legal Tax Administration expert was present, a presentation of legal and economic fiscalization aspects for Chamber members has been announced, because the present Tax Administration experts were unable to answer those types of questions.