As of January 1, 2020, the Kassensicherungsverordnung (KassenSichV) (legal regulation on the fiscalization of cash registers) will apply in Germany with new requirements for your cash register. You are obliged to comply with the new technical guidelines and new requirements for cash management as quickly as possible. If you don't take measures in time and miss deadlines, this can be considered a tax offense and cost you fines of up to 25,000 euros.
These are the deadlines
- The first and currently most important deadline for you: From 01.01.2020, the obligation to issue receipts (“Belegausgabepflicht”) applies. For each order, a receipt must be created and offered to the guest. You can print the receipt or create it digitally.
- As of next year, your cash register must also be equipped with a technical security entity (TSE). We will give you an update on this in early 2020.
- The legislator also requires you to register the cash register. However, the legislator has postponed the reporting deadline. As soon as there are any news, we will inform you straight away.
What you have to do now
Take immediate care of the obligation to issue receipts ("Belegausgabepflicht").
You will find all the information summarized in this video (German only). If you prefer to read, continue reading below (English).
- Make sure that your invoices are in conformity with the KassenSichV and contain the following information:
- The name of the business with address and
- your tax number (see: Where can I find my tax number?) or VAT ID.
- Update your invoice header for the invoice you print out using the orderbird app, as well as for the invoice you send digitally via e-mail. This is how you do it:
- Also check the settings for receipt printing in the orderbird app. This is how it works: Activate or deactivate "Print bill" for fast payment.
If a customer wishes to receive the invoice by e-mail, you can send it at any time via the long payment method from the app or later via my.orderbird.