The Revenue Service illegal fines the hotels. We are talking about the cases of the currency exchange when the hotel’s clients pay in dollars and afterwards their money is converted.
Under the Georgian legislation, payment in dollars is banned in the territory of Georgia, except for the free industrial zones, free trade areas and cases defined by the National Bank.
However, the hotels are allowed to take the equivalent amount of up to GEL 2 000 in dollars and convert it, according to the NBG President’s order of February 7, 2012.
Despite the Central Bank’s order, the Revenue Department has fined dozens of companies up to GEL 200 for receiving payment for services in dollars.
“Beau Monde” hotel is among the fined companies where the Revenue Service’s “mysterious client” paid the hotel room fee in dollars. The company’s lawyer Koba Bobokhidze says that despite the fact that a hotel employee converted ” the client’s” money and returned the corresponding change in the lari as well as a check, the Revenue Department considered that the hotel did not have the right to take the dollar amount.
The company’s management sued the Revenue Service over the unjustified fine. The court found the fine illegal and brought the National Bank’s resolution as the argument.
In Koba Bobkhidze’s words, the Revenue Service stated in the court that in total 50 hotels had been fined for this reason.
However, the Revenue Service denies the information. “Commersant” was told at the Service that a single offense protocol had not been written on such a case.