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Restaurants and bars under scrutiny

ALMOST half of the 171 restaurants, pubs and night clubs that were inspected as part of the Financial Administration’s City by Night operation were found to have attempted to evade paying VAT.

ALMOST half of the 171 restaurants, pubs and night clubs that were inspected as part of the Financial Administration’s City by Night operation were found to have attempted to evade paying VAT.

Auditors from the Financial Administration focused on the use of electronic registration cashiers in the restaurants and clubs.

“In 83 cases we identified that the restaurateurs were trying to evade paying VAT by not following the law and violating tax laws,” the Financial Administration President František Imrecze said, as quoted by the TA3 news channel.

In Bratislava, the auditors focused on some of the more luxurious facilities in the city centre and found eight violations. Banská Bystrica Region had the lowest levels of tax evasion.

The most frequent violations included restaurants that were not recording revenue into their cash registers, or, if they were, refused to issue a receipt to customers, which allowed them to cancel the payment later, TA3 reported. Some restaurants also tried to deceive customers by issuing so-called preliminary bills that look like standard bills. The most serious violation involved using so-called “black registers”, i.e. cash registers that have not been registered at the tax office but still print standard bills.

The Finance Directorate is preparing a “white list” of facilities where they did not find any violations.

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