In anticipation of the new government, the fiscal apparatuses are "sick", throwing paragon blocks

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Considering the fact that citizens scan bills more and more, they are well informed about their rights, and due to the frequent reactions of foreign tourists, some caterers still pay attention to whom they owe. There are also such cases in which, due to the justified interest of the customers, they are unwillingly, but still, brought a fiscal bill, but with "0" VAT denars

Skopje restaurants, cafes, shops, bakeries, kebab shops have not been issuing fiscal receipts lately, citizens complain. Some of them, who recently drank coffee or tea or had lunch in the Skopje bazaar, say that the phenomenon is massive. Somewhere they passed with a paragon block, somewhere they received an excuse that the fiscal apparatus was under repair, and somewhere an apology that "they are new and just opened"... Given the fact that citizens are increasingly scanning bills, they are well informed about their rights, and due to the frequent reactions of foreign tourists, some caterers still pay attention to whom they are indebted to. There are also such cases in which, due to the justified interest of the customers, they are unwillingly, but still brought a fiscal bill, but with "0" VAT denars!

– We were at a family lunch in a restaurant in the center of Skopje, the bill came out to 4.000 denars and that was from Digitron? We responded, and received a reply that they are newly opened. After we threatened not to pay, we received a fiscal bill with "0" VAT - says Valentina from Skopje.

- We were having kebabs in a well-known inn in Turkish Bazaar, the bill arrived at Paragon Block, and after the reaction they brought us a fiscal bill - says Ana.

The citizens suspect that the period until the formation of the new government is being used, and the merchants and restaurateurs "sleep on that ear" that they will not visit the inspectors. The Public Revenue Administration for "Free Press" claims the opposite and warns that no one is spared regardless of the period.

– The Administration for Public Revenue continuously performs controls in accordance with the Law on registering cash payments, throughout the entire territory of the country. In the past period, a large number of controls have been carried out, with the most frequently detected irregularities being: offense according to Article 21-b of the Law on Registration of Cash Payments for not issuing fiscal invoices for the sale of goods (Article 2); an offense under Article 21 of the Law on Registration of Cash Payments if he does not lease and register spare fiscal equipment (Article 13); offense according to Article 21 of the Law on registration of cash payments if he does not keep a book for daily financial statements (Article 11 paragraph 4); an offense according to Article 21-b of the Law on registering cash payments if he does not introduce and use an approved fiscal system of equipment for registering cash payments (Article 2) - detailed by the IRS.

To our question, how is it possible for restaurants to issue an invoice with "0" VAT, from the IRS point out that "a fiscal invoice with 0 denars VAT is issued by taxpayers who are not registered for VAT purposes".

- If you have a specific example, point out the catering facility in order for the Public Revenue Administration to check whether it is registered for VAT purposes and whether there is an obligation to calculate VAT on the fiscal account - the Administration told us.

 In 2022, food was at '0' VAT for almost three months

By the way, from mid-March to May 31, 2022, the Government decided to have a complete reduction of the VAT portion for basic food products, and citizens could see on their fiscal accounts whether traders or markets apply the measure. This is how bread, type-400 flour, milk with 2, 3,2 and 3,5 percent fat, white sugar, olive oil, meat, white rice and eggs were sold, and merchants had to adjust their fiscal devices. In practice, this meant that all sales facilities that sold the above-mentioned products at retail had to issue a fiscal invoice with a tax rate of "0" percent, that is, with a "G" mark for goods and services that are exempt from VAT.

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