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Deputies say cash register reform is pointless and outdated

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDeputies say the cash register reform currently being realized by Latvia’s Finance Ministry is already outdated. It technical solutions were developed at the end of the 20th century and were first introduced in Sweden ten years ago, as reported by Latvian Traders Association.

Yesterday Saeima’s National Economy Committee discussed the situation with cash registers reform. After the meeting it was concluded that even Sweden found this reform pointless, because the law on certified cash registers resulted in high investment costs and increased administrative burden for businesses. In addition, Sweden’s National Crime Prevention Council has noticed that even with the new software it is possible to manipulate data in cash registers.

It was also concluded at the meeting that rules are in place but users have no way to comply with them because there is no offer. In addition, all models are provided by one company – Computer Hardware Design. CHD takes up 25% of the market in Latvia. Other popular suppliers are Samsung, Omron and Casio. None of them are certified, and so they are not available. This means one supplier is forced. Transition devices will not be allowed to be used from 1 July onward, as mentioned in the association’s report.

I should be noted that costs have turned out higher that what was promised by the State Revenue Service. Deputy Anrijs Matiss notes that, for example, CHD cash registers cost EUR 350 in Latvia and only EUR 160 elsewhere in Europe.

Deputy Inesis Bokis said that the fact that rapid technological development has to be taken into account is confirmed  with the example of WhatsApp – an application that is one of the most popular app now, but was unknown two year ago. Deputy Aivars Meija compares the enforcement of the outdated purchase system to ploughing land using a hoe instead of a modern John Deere tractor.

Deputy Ilmars Lidaka adds that Finance Ministry, according to him, acted unfairly. Saeima’s National Economy Committee decided to ask the government to ask to review the term for the introduction of new cash registers. LTA has received a response from the European Commission to the association’s prior report on the absurd situation Latvia’s traders were put in in relation to new requirements for cash registers.

EC Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said: «In accordance with good management principles and international practice, responsible institutions have a duty to ensure an appropriate transition period to allow businesses to apply their systems to new requirements.»

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