The Consumer Council of Fiji is cautioning traders to avoid skirting the law by not providing receipts to consumers.
This warning comes as Council’s market surveillance team witnessed how consumers are not being issued their receipts whilst shopping.
In both cases the Council had raised the matter with the supermarket manager accordingly.
However, the Council continued to receive complaints and sought assistance from the Fiji Revenue and Customs Services and the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission who assured that investigations would be carried out to ensure compliance.
The Council is urging traders to comply with Section 7 of the Value Added Tax Regulations 1991 and Section 56(1) of the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission Act 2010 and Counter Inflation (Issue of Tax Invoices by Trader) Order 1998.
For goods and service above $10, retailers or service providers are required by law to issue receipts to consumers.
For any purchases below the sum of $10, a consumer has a right to demand for a receipt if it is not provided.
Consumer Council of Fiji strongly encourages consumers to be vigilant and demand receipts as receipts will be your best evidence when lodging a complaint and seeking redress.