The Fiscalization Bill goes through its first reading

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fiscalization-racunOn 25 September 2012, the Croatian Parliament discussed the new Bill. The first reading was over two hours long, which by itself demonstrates its seriousness and the opposing views of the government and the opposition. The opposition's main complaint was that the Bill will create millions of kunas in expenses for the subjects to fiscalization, while the proposing side argues that the total sum will be between two and three thousand kunas per subject. The only thing that is certain is that IT companies will benefit significantly thanks to the introduction of fiscalization, while the users will have to endure significant costs.

Representative Martina Galic stated her critique of the technical capabilities and limits which would be introduced by the Bill. According to her, the current payment system, which is by itself very complex and has been developed over a large number of years, is not ready for 24-hour operation, and it is questionable how the Tax Administration would function within this context. As an example, she stated that 24-hour gas stations will be expecting the Tax Administration to be at their disposal at any time of day.

The representatives who were in favor of this Bill have stated that the software and hardware implementation costs will be tax-deductible.

Representative Nevenka Becic has warned of the needlessness of keeping and archiving receipts in their physical form, because both the customer and the Tax Administration will be keeping it in their archives. She also stated that the Government's idea of controlling the employees' work hours via OIB is futile, as it will only serve as a record of the persons working at the cash register, and not of all persons who are working within the store.

The Government intends for the Bill to come in force starting with January 1st, first in bars and convenience stores, and in approximately 300,000 sales locations from mid-2013.

The state will invest a total of 43 million kunas in its own fiscalization software solution, and an additional income of over half of billion kunas is expected during the first year of the law's application, and over one billion kunas in each following year.

In practice, each issued receipt will be authorized by the Tax Administration, similarly to credit cards today, which should not last longer than a few seconds. It is estimated that in Croatia, about 10 million receipts are issued daily, or 276 receipts per second. A software system which could process up to a thousand receipts per second is currently in preparation.

Thus far, 47 companies have requested and received FINA demo certificates. FINA will start issuing production certificates during November, or December 1st 2012 at the latest.