The Egyptian Tax Authority organizes a workshop, via video conference technology

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The Egyptian Tax Authority organized a workshop, via video conference technology, for a group of companies participating in the pilot phase of the electronic receipt system, within the framework of the preparations implemented by the authority to start the trial operation of the system

Head of the Egyptian Tax Authority, Reda Abdel Qader, confirmed the Minister of Finance’s continuous follow-up to the implementation of the Authority’s development projects, pointing out that the electronic receipt system is one of the projects of developing and mechanizing the Egyptian Tax Authority, and in the interest of the Authority to provide all Information and full technical support for the companies participating in the trial operation of the system. A workshop was held with these companies to explain the system and explain how it works, and explain the steps for registering with the system, and the benefits that the system achieves in the short and long term, and through this workshop all the companies’ inquiries were also answered

Engineer “Yasser Taymour, Advisor to the Minister of Finance for the development of the Tax Authority” said that the Tax Authority has been witnessing development for a while, and this development is for him. Several goals, and one of these goals is to achieve digital transformation, which began its journey 4 years ago in line with the direction of the Egyptian government and the vision of Egypt

, which is being followed up continuously by His Excellency the Minister of Finance and the higher political leadership in the Arab Republic of Egypt Pointing out that digital transformation is no longer an optional matter, but has become a reality and a fact that is dealt with not only by the government, but by the commercial and industrial community and the world at large, and the challenges that have emerged on the global scene recently confirm that digital transformation has become the only way to overcome these challenges, saying We do not aim to increase taxes or increase tax rates, but what we seek is to collect the tax properly by finding tools and means to implement the law fairly and to include the informal economy in the official economy of the state.

This came during the speech that It was delivered by the engineer “Yasser Taymour, advisor to the Minister of Finance for the development of the Egyptian Tax Authority” during a workshop organized by the Egyptian Tax Authority via video conference technology for a group of companies participating in the trial operation of the electronic receipt system in the presence of a company Microsoft, Ernst & Young, E Tax, and Evenance.

The selection of the companies participating in the trial operation of the electronic delivery system was based on criteria that were set to select the best, most cooperative and committed companies, To join the convoy of success partners in launching the system and benefiting from all the privileges of the candidates of this stage, stressing that the Egyptian Tax Authority considers the companies participating in this symposium among the first elite funders of the interest and partners of success. The trial operation of the electronic delivery system has the advantage of being the first in their fields who will have the opportunity to benefit from all means of technical support provided by all parties involved in the implementation of the project for the success of that stage, pointing out that the participating companies will be given precedence by being among the first to follow the future steps and benefit from their experiences and responses Their actions in improving and developing the system, adding that a phone support will be allocated, to receive and answer technical inquiries for companies and help solve any problems that may arise during implementation.

Engineer “Yasser Taymour” indicated that the electronic receipt system project is one of the digital transformation projects in the Ministry of Finance and the projects of the Egyptian Tax Authority, and it is a natural extension of the invoice system. This system is based on the establishment of a system to follow up all commercial transactions of goods and services between financiers and consumers, and this system is implemented through electronic integration with POS devices and automated accounting systems at Merchants and service providers, which helps in achieving the goals of the system and many advantages for the financier and the consumer.

He said that through the electronic receipt system we can determine the size of the actual economy and therefore we can prepare analytical data that benefit internal and external investments, as well as we can prepare Economic reports that help in taking decisions correctly, and there is a comprehensive view of all markets, industries, products, etc.

He added, “Advisor to the Minister of Finance to develop The Tax Authority stated that “the electronic receipt system project aims at digital transformation of commercial transactions, dealing with the latest technical methods, verifying the validity of the source data of the receipt and its contents in form, as well as unifying the form and content of the electronic receipt in dealing between the merchant and the final consumer, according to the nature of each activity, and achieving the principle of equal opportunities. And justice between companies operating in the Egyptian market, accelerating and facilitating examination procedures and laying a basis for electronic examination work, with the possibility of remote examination. The tax authority, pointing out that there will be no need in the future to submit sales receipt data in accordance with the regulations set by the Egyptian Tax Authority to provide the receipt data in light of keeping it in a central database at the Tax Authority.
He added that the electronic receipt system project aims to facilitate and expedite tax procedures such as refunding tax at outlets, and contributing to the integration of the informal economy into the informal economy. In addition to improving the services provided to financiers to ensure the reduction of malpractices and tax evasion, as well as the elimination of the parallel market and the informal economy, determining its actual size, revealing it and urging it to enter into the formal economy, and creating an accurate and huge database for commercial transactions, which can be relied upon later in the application of systems Data analysis, decision support and artificial intelligence.

Engineer “Yasser Taymour” said that there are three axes for the benefits of the electronic delivery system, which are the axis of the government, the axis of financiers, and the axis of the final consumer, explaining that for the axis of the government the benefits are represented in: Increasing tax revenue and operational excellence, achieving tax justice and tax compliance governance, comprehensive economic and commercial vision, improving services and tax procedures and ease of doing business, explaining that the benefits of the system associated with the financiers’ axis are the complete secured digital processing of sales files, and proactive automated procedures to reach automatic tax returns. Eliminate arbitrariness, reduce risk and ease of commitment, and improve the slave experience May and communicate with the Tax Authority, noting that for the final consumer axis, the benefits of the system are protection of consumer rights, community participation and participatory commitment, and the availability of certified digital receipts to guarantee rights in any dispute, and protect the citizen’s share of state revenues.

Regarding the short-term benefits that will accrue to companies after the application of the electronic receipt system, the engineer “Yasser Taymour” explained that it is represented in strengthening the tax position of the company by classifying it among the companies with low tax risks, updating and developing its method of issuing receipts, and verifying the validity of elements and data. Receipts to dealing parties before their issuance, in addition to facilitating audit procedures for companies, whether for the purposes of the company’s internal audit or external audit, and participating in workshops with the Tax Authority and implementing companies to provide support and awareness, and help the company in making accurate reports and analyzes in the fastest time and with the least effort to present them to the stakeholders and owners Decision.

As for the long-term benefits that will accrue to companies after implementation, the engineer “Yasser Taymour” said that it is represented in mitigating The administrative burden and reduce the cost of transactions and the need to archive receipts on paper, and reduce the examination procedures on the company with the possibility of remote examination, And facilitating the process of preparing and submitting returns, as well as achieving tax justice by effectively helping to integrate the informal economy and tightening the tax society. According to the activity, secondly, unified coding of goods and services, third, notifications and alerts, fourthly, retrieval and verification of receipt data electronically using the QRcode feature

and the “Advisor to the Minister of Finance for the Development of the Tax Authority” reviewed the steps required to be implemented to join the electronic receipt system Saying first, register in the system by sending an email with the company’s data and the data of the authorized person from the company, then the company’s digital file is created, and the registration invitation is sent to the delegate’s email, through which the account of the company’s delegate is registered (not required for registrants in the electronic invoice),

Secondly, the system’s coding system by providing a statement of the codes used by the taxpayer in coding goods and services, whether by relying on a global coding system (GSI) or coding system (EGS), which is an internal coding system that is linked to the Classify the commodity group (GPC), and send this statement to the authority in a digital form to obtain the authority’s approval before using these codes (not required for registrants in the electronic invoice system and they use the same codes), pointing out that the authority must be contacted in case of adding item/service codes. Others to obtain the authority’s approval before using them on the electronic receipt system (in a period of no less than two weeks before the date of issuing receipts containing these codes.

And the engineer “Yasser Taymour” completed the steps required to be implemented to join the electronic receipt system, saying a third Integration with the technical solution through the receipt of the financiers participating in the trial operation of the link for the SDK, which contains an explanation of the methods and methods of integration between the accounting systems / points of sale of the financier and the electronic receipt system. The financier has to implement the integration steps, then start the integration tests with the system, and then start sending the receipts to the system.

Engineer “Yasser Taymour” thanked the companies Leading the implementation of the electronic receipt system project through the development projects of the Egyptian Tax Authority, namely, Evenance, Etax, Ernst & Young and Microsoft, which is responsible for implementing the electronic receipt system, which was also responsible for implementing the electronic invoice system, expressing his appreciation to all these companies for their contributions. With the work teams of the Egyptian Tax Authority and the project management team with interest in the great successes that have been achieved.

And “Mohamed the owner of Microsoft International” explained how to issue receipts through the use of financiers of point of sale devices (point of sale) He also answered the financiers’ technical inquiries regarding the electronic receipt system and confirmed that it is a continuation of the electronic bill system, noting that the internet browser and the mobile application of the electronic bill will also be used after adding the electronic receipt system to it, and he clarified the differences between the electronic receipt system and the bill system.

“Fouad Al-Wakeel, Projects Manager at ETAX” expressed his thanks for the attendance The companies participating in this workshop, explaining that ETAX is the technological arm of the Egyptian Tax Authority, and that it is in charge of all operations and field technical support, and it also specializes in the part related to the integration work of point of sale devices, and the company provides all the necessary support for that, stressing that there will be support Integrated and satisfactorily for companies, especially companies that are in the experimental operation phase of the electronic receipt system, adding that all inquiries will be answered, and support will be provided in all forms, whether in the field, by phone or by e-mail.

and directed “Umniah” Nasr, representative of Ernst & Young, “thanks to the companies that participated in the workshop, describing them as the added value of the project and that they will benefit from their joining the project, pointing out that Ernst & Young is the Ministry of Finance’s advisor on digital transformation projects, pointing to the great effort expended to complete these projects. And that the electronic receipt project will be a completion of the success achieved in digital transformation projects, and she said that with the support of the companies attending the workshop, a very important project in digital transformation will be completed.

The engineer “Khaled Seif, representative of Evenance Company” said that Evenance Company represents an important part and contributes to the electronic receipt project in general and provides all hosting services for the system, extending thanks to all colleagues and financiers participating in the electronic receipt project.