Fiscal cash registers go online in 2018
The Ministry of Finance wants fiscal transactions to be reported to tax authorities online. This is to be done thanks to a new generation of fiscal cash registers that will send period reports on all cash register entries to a new government IT system. The data will be analysed to detect any inconsistencies or irregularities.
The goal behind introducing the new reporting obligation is providing the Ministry with more information relevant to business activity of Polish entrepreneurs which, as government officials believe, will translate into counteracting tax avoidance. Not reporting the transactions that took place is a way to lower one’s tax liabilities. Having an operating fiscal cash register is a legal obligation that applies to numerous entrepreneurs, including those self-employed.
Although the new type of fiscal cash registers will come into use from January 2018, not all companies will be under obligation to have them. The Ministry of Finance wants the requirement to apply first to those businesses that operate in the fields where breaches of tax law happen most often. It is likely that the government will be gradually expanding the criteria for obligatory use of online cash registers. The government expects the move to increase fiscal revenue by as much as 2.8 billion PLN.
Old models of cash registers, which use paper printouts, are still very popular among shopkeepers across the country. Business owners have to store them for the period of five years in case tax authorities want to verify their business transactions. Newer equipment saves information on the performed operations in the cash register’s memory. From 2018, businesses will gradually replace old cash registers with newer models. The Ministry says they will not force immediate disposal of older registers.
In Poland, there are currently over 2 million fiscal cash registers.