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1.11.2019 "Tax Hour" Held for High School Students

In 2019 the Tax Administration of the Republic of Srpska continued to educate high school students throughout the Republic of Srpska in order to present the importance of paying taxes, as well as the significance of tax system and the benefits that arise from it.

On that occasion, education i.e. "Tax Hour" was organized at the RS Tax Administration Headquarters in Banja Luka for students of the Banja Luka School of Economics, and such education was held in previous weeks for high school students in other cities throughout the Republic of Srpska. Moreover, the students of the Banja Luka School of Economics visited the premises of the RS Tax Administration in Banja Luka where they were acquainted with the processes of work in some sectors and the Regional Unit Banja Luka.

Within these educations high school students were introduced to the tax regulations, form and way of work of Tax Administration of the Republic of Srpska as well as RS tax system respectively with existing taxes, procedures and conditions and ways of payment of tax liabilities, rights and obligations of taxpayers. Also, high school students were presented the way of functioning of the Unified System for Registration, Control, and Collection of Contributions as well as the process of fiscalization.

The aim of these activities is rising up the awareness about importance of tax system and paying of tax, as well as benefit that comes from that, either for individual and society. It is about activity continuation of the Tax Administration of Republic of Srpska on education of the youngest population in order to, as coming taxpayers, gain necessary knowledge and realize importance and advantages of regular payment of tax liabilities.

Tax Administration of the Republic of Srpska will continue education of the young in the next period as a key segment in changes of way of thinking in this area throughout visits to educational institutions or students visit to Tax Administration of the Republic of Srpska. Through these activities, we strive to affect on citizen’s awareness, from the youngest to the eldest, that paying the tax strengthen Republic of Srpska in all segments.

18.10.2019 Participation of Director Maricic at IOTA Conference in Georgia

Goran Maricic, Director of the Tax Administration of the Republic of Srpska, has recently participated at the Annual International Conference of the Intra-European Organization of Tax Administrations (IOTA), which was hosted by the Revenue Service of Georgia in Tbilisi.

This year's Conference had the form of a Tax Compliance Technology Showroom organized to present the biggest collection of recent and innovative digital solutions in the field of tax compliance. The Showroom created a unique opportunity for tax administrations to have a direct contact with tax authorities, businesses and software producers that developed digital solutions in regard to tax compliance improvement, fraud prevention, delivery of user- friendly e-services, use of big data and   advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and robotic process automation.

During the Conference, nine different sessions were organized that included presentations, debates and interactive roundtable sessions addressing practical solutions for electronic transactions and real-time reporting, monitoring of movement (transportation) of goods of high fiscal risk, eTax portals and other advanced solutions.

17.6.2019 Director Maričić Participated at the Prestigious Summit in Bečići

Goran Maričić, director of the Tax Administration of the Republic of Srpska, participated today at the panel "Tax Administration Reform and Fight Against the Gray Economy", as part of the eighth "Summit of the Governors, Ministers of Finance and Directors of Tax Administrations of the Region", which was held on 13-15 June 2019 in Bečići, Montenegro.

In addition to the director Maričić, the participants in this panel were also the directors of Tax Administration of the Federation BiH, the Indirect Taxation Authority of BiH, then the Assistant Director of the Tax Administration of Serbia, directors of tax administrations of Montenegro, Croatia, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo * as well as the Advisor to the International Monetary Fund for the Western Balkans.

Participants within this panel talked about several topics in this area, and so there were words about the reform and modernization of tax administrations of the region, i.e. what are the ways to help each other on this path of reform and modernization. Likewise, challenges imposed on the tax administrations by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as well as electronic filling and tax collection and measures to increase tax administrations efficiency were discussed. In addition, the key persons of tax administrations of the region also discussed stronger regional cooperation in the fight against the grey economy, the importance of tax administrations for the stabilization of public finances, as well as better collection of public revenues as a condition for reducing the tax burden. They discussed about significance of the reform of public companies for tax administration, the tax treatment of excise products, but also unavoidable and very important topic today, which has been referred to, and it is how to improve the relationship between the tax administration and taxpayers, i.e. to strive education before sanctions.

While talking about the achievements of the Tax Administration of the Republic of Srpska, the director Maričić stated that the digitization of business processes is important for today's business, with the aim of strengthening taxpayer services and simplifying procedures. He announced that electronic filling of all tax returns would be enabled by the end of this year, as well as the functioning of the e-Box, which, along with the automation of the process of sending notifications on filing tax returns and payment of tax liabilities, is a major step forward for this institution in the area of digitization.

Maričić also said that regional cooperation of control bodies is very important in the fight against the gray economy, which should certainly be tackled, and pointed out that the fight against the gray economy is not based only on prohibitions and inspection measures, but also implies different activities of the wider community.

18.3.2019 Common Acting in Fight against Grey Economy

Continuation of the joint struggle against the gray economy in the Republic of Srpska and the protection of workers' rights should be a priority in the coming period, with the aim of further strengthening of the Republic of Srpska and a better social position of its citizens.

It is concluded after the meeting that has been held today in Banja Luka among representatives of the Tax Administration of the Republic of Srpska, the Inspectorate of the Republic of Srpska and the Trade Union of the Republic of Srpska, that there is readiness of inspection bodies in the Republic of Srpska to consistently implement all those legal regulations that have been agreed among social partners (the Government, the Union and employers in the Republic of Srpska).

At the meeting they also discussed about the control of calculation and payment of gross salaries, the prevention of the misuse of the institute of the lowest salary by a number of unscrupulous employers, as well as on the ways to fight against the grey economy and the possibilities that these three institutions can jointly improve the existing situation.

Goran Maricic, the director of the Tax Administration of the Republic of Srpska, emphasized that the Tax Administration of the Republic of Srpska, in accordance with its competence, will proceed its continuous controls in the following period, jointly with other inspection bodies with the aim of detection of undeclared work and all with the aim of combating the grey economy in the Republic of Srpska. He underlined that this institution, as a control body, will consistently proceed in the following period all legal regulations agreed among social partners in the Republic of Srpska.  Maricic emphasized that the Tax Administration of the Republic of Srpska  directed a great part of its activities to combating the grey economy, but he added that the fight against the grey economy is not only based on prohibitions and inspection controls but implies  different activities of wide social community. Moreover, he expressed the expectation that the citizens, workers and other are going to help inspection bodies to detect undeclared work in a way to report all irregularities they see or they have been exposed.

Zoran Mikanovic, Chief Republic Labor Inspector, emphasized that the labor inspection’s consistent application of the Labor Law greatly complicates the absence of collective agreements because many norms of laws suggest the collective agreements, especially in the part of the salary control. The collective agreement would precisely determine criteria for salary calculation, coefficient base amount, pay rates, and similar that greatly would prevent misuse of the institute lowest salary and the inspectors would be given instruments and tools, which will provide more efficient work.

Ranka Misic, president of the Trade Union of the Republic of Srpska, said that the existing situation should be changed, and the fight against the grey economy has to be stronger, so in that way she expects the support of inspection bodies in the Republic of Srpska. She specified that the Trade Union of the Republic of Srpska will insist on changes of the legal regulations and ratification of collective agreements in order to prevent misuses of the institute lowest salary by the certain number of unconscious employers but also to make it easier to discover the payment of salaries in the hands.

Otherwise, in order to fight against the grey economy and unfair competition, Inspectorate of the Republic of Srpska and the Tax Administration of the Republic of Srpska daily conduct joint activities and in the following period joint controls of unregistered  economic entities are planned with the aim of its introduction into legal flows.

7.2.2019 Continuation of Swedish Support to BiH Tax Administrations

The Project " Strengthening the Capacities of the Tax Administrations in BiH” that has been implemented by the Swedish Tax Agency with the support of the Swedish Embassy in BiH, in which the Tax Administration of the Republic of Srpska participates, could be extended after 2020 and expanded to other areas of importance for the work improvement of tax administrations in BiH, with the ultimate goal to transform them into modern, reliable and serviceable tax administrations.

It was emphasized after the meetings held in Banja Luka among representatives of Swedish Tax Agency, Swedish Embassy in BiH and Zora Vidovic, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Srpska, and her coworkers, and then with the representatives of the Tax Administration of the Republic of Srpska.

At these meetings, the interlocutors exchanged information about how the project implementation is going, on which members from all four tax administrations in BiH work together with experts from the Swedish Tax Agency, which is financed by the Swedish Embassy in BiH. Besides that, they spoke about the extension of duration of this project, as well as the introduction of new areas into the project in the future, in which representatives of tax administrations in BiH could further improve their knowledge and take the best practices from colleagues from Swedish Tax Agency.

Otherwise, it is planned that this project will last for three and a half years, i.e. until December 2020, and its total value is 26.500.000 Swedish crowns (BAM 5.4 million) and is financed by the Swedish Agency for International Development – SIDA. During 2015, experts from Swedish Tax Agency are, with the employees from all four tax administrations, identified key areas that are common for all four administrations in BiH and in which the improvement would like to be achieved. In that period, three priority areas have been identified on which specialized teams from Swedish Tax Agency and tax administrations in BiH will work separately, and those areas are:

  • Change of Mindset of the Employees in the Tax Administration
  • Taxpayer Service
  • Compliance Risk Management

In the area of Change of Mindset of the Employees in the Tax Administrations, the improvement would like to be achieved in creation of trust between tax administration and taxpayer, as well as behavioral change of tax officers and strengthening of internal communication. When it comes to Taxpayer Service, the main aim of this area within the Project is improvement of communication with taxpayers through strategy services development with improvement of “Call Centre” function, implementation of prefilling possibilities of tax returns, i.e. „Prefilling” and similar. In the third priority area related to risk analysis, the improvement would like to be achieved in models with risks management in order to properly select taxpayers who don’t fulfill their liabilities on time, i.e. in the legally prescribed deadlines.

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