Restaurant caught issuing fake receipts

The unnamed eatery has been evading EET requirements

Restaurants have been using modified software to evade the requirement for Electronic Evidence of Transactions (EET).

Tax Office inspectors have discovered that fake receipts have been issued by one of Prague's famous restaurants, but they did not disclose the name. Thousands of sales are suspected to have gone unrecorded in this manner. Operators face a fine of up to half a million crowns.

Tax and customs inspectors took action Aug.1 after a joint investigation.

“The restaurant has been monitored for several months dues to a suspected breach of the law. The conclusions of the inspection show that more than 13,000 sales were [not registered] through documented fraudulent behavior. An administrative procedure has been initiated against the business entity,” Miroslava Bardonková, Financial Administration (FS) spokeswoman for Prague, said on the FS website.

The restaurant operators, according to the office, altered the cash register's tax software system. A modification made to the cash register software so it generates a fake fiscal identification code. The bill looks like right, but there is no EET transaction recorded with the Financial Administration.

This is not an isolated case, according to the FS. Dozens of restaurants in Prague have also been evading the EET requirements in the same way. If caught, they face fines up the Kč 500,000.

Restaurants are among the businesses required to register sales with the FS electronically as they happen, A unique number is issued by the FS, and that is printed on each receipt. Businesses have to have a dedicated internet link to the FS, as the receipt can't be printed without the number electronically generated by the FS.

Businesses are required to offer the receipt to customers and can face fines for not doing so.

If the internet links are not operating, businesses have 48 hours to comply with notification requirements.

The system is intended to bring more taxes into the state coffers by eliminating unregistered sales and getting rid of the gray economy.

Restaurants were among the first wave of businesses that had to comply with the EET law when it took effect in November 2016.

Critics of the law say it places an undue burden on small businesses and businesses in rural areas without good internet service. 

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