Latvian Traders Association has turned to Security Police with a request to assess the matter of delegation of state functions to foreign companies and the matter of possible corporate espionage in relation to Latvian-made software and technologies.
LTA’s announcement mentions that in an attempt to hide their own incompetence and lack of interest in developing cash register reform, old employees of the State Revenue Service have decided to dodge genuine objections from businessmen not with justified arguments, but rather with lies. «High-rank SRS official – Tax Office’s deputy director Inese Bindemane – claimed in an interview to Nekā personīga that LTA opposes the cash register system reform,» LTA representatives say.
«We have never opposed this reform. We have said that it should be performed gradually, without forcing cash register change on honest taxpayers – 2.5 thousand traders SRS had sent letters of gratitude last year for honest tax payments,» LTA president Henriks Danusevics said.
Danusevics emphasizes that it would not be right to mention one specific company that has admitted its errors and has paid more than one million euros to the state – repayment of losses worth EUR 957,000 and fine of EUR 276,000.
This company remains the only one to have had been criminally punished, which is something SRS will not cease being proud of. Nevertheless, SRS admits that tampering with cash register system is unfortunately common. Officials from this institution promise that the case involving that particular restaurant would be the beginning for combating measures against cash register manipulation schemes.
NP has reported information that SRS had apparently uncovered 28 cases of fraud last year. Danusevics, on the other hand, notes that SRS Tax Office’s deputy director Inese Bindemane had informed Saeima members of only 18 such schemes at the recent meeting of the National Economy Committee.
Trade inspections are criticized as well. According to LTA, in 43% of cases violations uncovered in relation to cash register use are associated with documents. At the same time, none of those cases are associated with tempering in cash registers. New regulations will not in any way help reduce the number of such cases.
«We do not understand SRS’ shyness – on the one hand, we know that one and the same company has paid more than one million euros, but on the other hand we’re read reports that the amount paid was only three hundred thousand euros,» LTA representatives say.
A similar reduction trend is noted in relation to the predicted costs of the new cash registers’ introduction – SRS states the amount reaching EUR 15 million in its estimates for the reform’s costs because the institution intentionally does not include cash register installation costs, LTA reports.
The association is concerned that SRS officials and decision-makers may have decided to stop carrying out inspections and have instead delegated this function to international consultancy firms, which usually pick employees from former Finance Ministry and SRS officials.
«We believe there are serious risks of such behaviour hurting state interests. This is why we have decided to turn to Security Police with a request to assess the decision to delegate state institutions’ functions to foreign companies and the risk of corporate espionage in relation to Latvian-made software and technologies,» LTA states.