VID evaluates first month of receipt lottery in Latvia

The first receipt lottery draw took place last Sunday, August 12. With more than 1.7 million receipts, cheques and tickets submitted, deputy director general for taxation at the State Revenue Service (VID), Dace Pelēkā considers the first month of the lottery to have been very successful, reported LSM.lv on August 12.

Out of all the receipts registered for the lottery, one cash prize of € 10 000, three cash prizes of € 5000, 50 cash prizes of €100, as well as 72 Enhanced Cooperation Program participant prizes such as gift cards, services and various other things, were drawn.

“I would like to say that the public has been very, very responsive. About 2 million, or more precisely 1.7 million different cheques, receipts and tickets have been submitted. As of yesterday, it is 1.9 million. Considering the figures, adding also the submissions in August, with the average being 50 000 a day, I’d say the public response is very, very positive,” said Pelēkā.

Pelēkā also explained that it would be too early to judge the integrity of businesses after the first lottery. The fact remains, however, that some of the submitted receipts have not been recognised. Pelēkā opined that this might be due, perhaps, to errors in entering the data into the system.

“If the receipt is not automatically recognised, it means that one of these criteria – the cash register number or the business registration number – has not matched with the ones registered in the VID database. But here it is important to see if there aren’t any data entry errors,” Pelēkā stated.

Pelēkā noted that these unrecognised checks were excluded from the lottery.

She also emphasised that the lottery has boosted the public battle against shadow economy.

“The receipt lottery has involved the citizens themselves in the fight, as it is no secret that receipts aren’t always issued and the buyers don’t ask for them. And now, I have myself witnessed a buyer asking a seller for a receipt,” said Pelēkā.

The next receipt lottery draw is planned for September 8. The lottery prizes are not subject to personal income tax.

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