EghtesadOnline: Fifteen guilds, including 50 occupations, have been required to use Point of Sale machines and issue receipts for the services and goods offered, as of the beginning of the next Iranian year (March 20, 2020), an official with the Iranian National Tax Administration announced.
Mahmoud Alizadeh added that failing to do so is punishable by a fine amounting to 2% of sales as per Note 2, Clause 169 of Direct Tax Code, according to Financial Tribune.
“Lawyers, legal advisors, family consultants, centers offering notary public services, real-estate agents, reception halls, all types of restaurants, including fast food restaurants and traditional restaurants, coffee shops, catering centers and cafes are subject to the law,” he was quoted as saying by IRNA.
“In addition, hotels and hotel apartments, motels, auto dealerships, hair and beauty salons, confectionery and nut stores, fresh juice outlets, fruit and vegetable shops as well as sports and cultural complexes, stationery shops, gaming centers and communications service providers, including Police+10 centers and the government’s public service offices, are also required to register for Point of Sale machines at https://tax.gov.ir by the fiscal yearend and operate POS system as of the new year.”
The move is aimed at preventing tax evasion by tracking transactions made by these businesses.
Gholamali Jafarzadeh Imenabadi, a member of Majlis Plan and Budget Commission, puts the size of annual tax evasion in Iran at 400,000 billion rials ($2.81 billion).
“I believe the value of tax exemption and tax evasion together is more than 1,000 trillion rials [$7.04 billion],” he was quoted as saying.
Independent observes put the volume at much higher levels.