Electronic note will be mandatory on fuel

By ETCO
12/04/2006


National Portal of Insurance Brokers, 11/04/2006


Sectors that have a negative history of tax evasion may be required to enter the electronic invoice project, whose operation in the experimental phase completes a week today.


The most targeted target in this case is the fuel chain? power plants, distributors and gas stations ?, which already receives special treatment from state tax authorities and the Federal Revenue Service due to its constant problems with evasion and adulteration.


Depending on the technical evolution of electronic invoices in the coming months, the sector will be forced to use the new technology later this year. Another area that is in the sights of the states and of the Revenue is that of transportation, especially those that work with interstate operations.


For now, the 19 companies participating in the project are volunteers. In other words, it is unlikely to bring financial gains to the states through combating tax evasion, unlike sectors that are obliged to participate.


? The fuel sector may be required to use electronic invoices. We are studying this possibility, being implemented as the stages of the project are fulfilled. Is it likely to be implemented at the end of the second half ?, said Newton Oller de Mello, deputy director of the Executive Board of Tax Administration (Deat) of the São Paulo Finance Secretariat and coordinator of the Electronic Invoice project.


At first, this requirement would be implemented only in São Paulo, but is it possible to be extended to other states participating in the project? Bahia, Goiás, Maranhão, Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. "We haven't talked to them about this, but they will certainly be interested in doing the same," said Mello.


With the requirement, operations carried out by plants, distributors and gas stations would be fully controlled via electronic invoices. In this way, it is believed that tax authorities would have much more flexibility in discovering fraudulent operations, especially regarding fuel adulteration.


São Paulo already has a history of actions against companies in the fuel sector. Operation "Keeping an Eye on the Pump", for example, has already canceled the state registration of 100 gas stations and six distributors and carriers in its more than 15 months of operation for selling adulterated fuels. Another type of company that is in the sights of the São Paulo tax authorities is the one that has a large number of interstate operations. The interest, in this case, is to restrain the? Dance of notes? ? that is, does the merchandise to be transported not exist, transferring it virtually to obtain tax credits? and to facilitate the work of disallowing credit in operations that have tax incentives that have not been approved by the National Council for Farm Policy (Confaz).


? As the other state would also know about the operation automatically thanks to the sending of data at the exit of the goods, the other end could quickly check if the product really arrived at the destination ?, explained Mello. "If the goods did not arrive, is it possible to tax the carrier with the tax that it would not have paid if it had actually taken the goods?"


More volunteers


However, in the coming months, only voluntary companies should use electronic invoices. In addition to the 19 that are already in the scheme, there are still another ten that have already shown interest and use the new technology starting in July. ? Our first intention is to expand the volunteers. Are we filing the new orders to analyze them in the second phase ?, said Mello.


Currently, the Secretariat of Finance has the capacity to process 340 thousand electronic invoices per month, increasing to 3 million from the second semester. ? First, we will talk to the companies that are in the project if they will want to expand the electronic invoice for all operations. If we still have idle processing capacity, will we call new companies ?.

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Sectors that have a negative history of tax evasion may be required to enter the electronic invoice project, whose operation in the experimental phase completes a week today.


The most targeted target in this case is the fuel chain? power plants, distributors and gas stations ?, which already receives special treatment from state tax authorities and the Federal Revenue Service due to its constant problems with evasion and adulteration. Depending on the technical evolution of electronic invoices in the coming months, the sector will be forced to use the new technology later this year. Another area that is in the sights of the states and of the Revenue is that of transportation, especially those that work with interstate operations.


For now, the 19 companies participating in the project are volunteers. In other words, it is unlikely to bring financial gains to the states through combating tax evasion, unlike sectors that are obliged to participate.


? The fuel sector may be required to use electronic invoices. We are studying this possibility, being implemented as the stages of the project are fulfilled. Is it likely to be implemented at the end of the second half ?, said Newton Oller de Mello, deputy director of the Executive Board of Tax Administration (Deat) of the São Paulo Finance Secretariat and coordinator of the Electronic Invoice project.


At first, this requirement would be implemented only in São Paulo, but is it possible to be extended to other states participating in the project? Bahia, Goiás, Maranhão, Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. "We haven't talked to them about this, but they will certainly be interested in doing the same," said Mello.


With the requirement, operations carried out by plants, distributors and gas stations would be fully controlled via electronic invoices. In this way, it is believed that tax authorities would have much more flexibility in discovering fraudulent operations, especially regarding fuel adulteration.


São Paulo already has a history of actions against companies in the fuel sector. Operation "Keeping an Eye on the Pump", for example, has already canceled the state registration of 100 gas stations and six distributors and carriers in its more than 15 months of operation for selling adulterated fuels. Another type of company that is in the sights of the São Paulo tax authorities is the one that has a large number of interstate operations. The interest, in this case, is to restrain the? Dance of notes? ? that is, does the merchandise to be transported not exist, transferring it virtually to obtain tax credits? and to facilitate the work of disallowing credit in operations that have tax incentives that have not been approved by the National Council for Farm Policy (Confaz).


? As the other state would also know about the operation automatically thanks to the sending of data at the exit of the goods, the other end could quickly check if the product really arrived at the destination ?, explained Mello. "If the goods did not arrive, is it possible to tax the carrier with the tax that it would not have paid if it had actually taken the goods?"


More volunteers


However, in the coming months, only voluntary companies should use electronic invoices. In addition to the 19 that are already in the scheme, there are still another ten that have already shown interest and use the new technology starting in July. ? Our first intention is to expand the volunteers. Are we filing the new orders to analyze them in the second phase ?, said Mello.


Currently, the Secretariat of Finance has the capacity to process 340 thousand electronic invoices per month, increasing to 3 million from the second semester. ? First, we will talk to the companies that are in the project if they will want to expand the electronic invoice for all operations. If we still have idle processing capacity, will we call new companies ?.
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