Random inspections of sales receipts are now required in the CNMI under a law that Gov. Eloy S. Inos signed yesterday, adding enforcement “teeth” to the 11-year-old Sales Receipt Act of 2002.
Public Law 18-27 requires the Department of Finance’s Division of Revenue and Taxation to make periodic and random inspections of sales receipts “during any normal business hours” to ensure compliance.
Rep. Ralph Yumul (Ind-Saipan), author of the bill that became PL 18-27, said he is thankful to his colleagues for passing the bill and the governor for signing it.
“This will add more teeth to enforcement efforts in light of Finance’s concerns,” Yumul told Saipan Tribune.
Any person not provided with a sales receipt may report the incident to Finance’s Revenue and Taxation, the new law states.
Any business reported as not providing a sales receipt will be investigated and monitored by Revenue and Taxation.
“Monitoring of the business establishment may include but not limited to placing a temporary monitoring device for purposes of determining an accurate daily sales,” the law adds.
Finance is also required to train and certify employees of the Department of Commerce to assist in enforcing the new law.
Rota dog control
The governor also signed yesterday Rep. Teresita Santos’ (R-Rota) House Local Bill 18-23, Draft 1, into Rota Local Law 18-7, making dog owners on Rota liable for injuries caused by their dogs and providing penalties for unregistered dogs on the island.
The new local law also transfers the duties and responsibilities of dog control from the Department of Lands and Natural Resources-Rota to the Rota Municipal Council.
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