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Electronic Storage of Sales Data Urged
February 20, 2008   
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A special parliamentary committee Feb. 7 came up with a motion to the finance minister to modify rules under which businesses are required to keep copies of the sales receipts they issue to customers.

The committee, which has been set up to make Poland's legal system more friendly to businesses, wants the minister to allow all entrepreneurs to store such data in an electronic form-on CDs, for example. Under the current rules, in force since July 4, 2002, only the largest companies that issue over 100,000 sales receipts a year and are equipped with appropriate storage devices are allowed to store such data in an electronic form.

At the moment, entrepreneurs who store sales receipt data on CDs are additionally required to keep the original paper copies for six months. According to the committee, such doubling up in terms of storage is pointless and should be scrapped. The committee also criticized another rule whereby entrepreneurs who do not store sales receipts on CDs have to keep their original paper copies for five years. This requirement is unreasonable, the deputies say, because data recorded on cash register tape may easily become indecipherable after a year or so. The committee seeks to limit this requirement to one year.

All these proposed changes are especially important for small-business owners, such as taxi drivers, who find it inconvenient to store sales receipt data on CDs, the committee said.

Łukasz Szymański
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