The communication arrived during the T2000 in Catania, a traveling event dedicated to operators in the sector: the director of the Customs and Monopoly Agency, Marcello Minenna, completed the preliminary investigation for the exemption from the rule for tobacco shop managers. Since June 30, traders, artisans and professionals are required to accept electronic payments, under penalty of a fine
Tobacconists will be exempted from the obligation to accept credit card payments for tobaccos and stamps. The announcement came on the sidelines of the stage in Catania of T2000, a traveling event of the Products and Services Exhibition for Tobacconists, dedicated to operators in the sector. During the meeting it was revealed that the director of the Customs and Monopoly Agency, Marcello Minenna, has completed the preliminary investigation into the exemption from the obligation. An official communication is now awaited. The national president of the Italian Tobacconist Federation, Mario Antonelli, comments with satisfaction on the decision, underlining how “the low marginality of these products and services does not reconcile with the transaction costs of electronic money”.
The obligation of the Pos for traders
It has been since June 30 that all merchants, artisans and professionals are required to accept electronic payments via Pos, under penalty of a fine of 30 euros to which 4% of the value of the transaction must be added for which payment was refused not in cash.
The position of tobacconists
For some time the category of tobacconists had complained about the incongruity of the generalized application of the obligation, established to combat tax evasion. Assotabaccai, in a June note, had criticized the imposition of the obligation calling it “a contradiction”, because the tobacconists “are concessionaires of the State” and consequently the fiscal traceability already exists. The government was therefore asked to provide for an exception to the rule “with regard to monopoly goods”, also because – complained Assotabaccai – the measure would have risked “to increase the costs, sometimes higher than the same profit margin”.