Fiscal Middleware – new version 1.5.2

The latest version 1.5.2 of the RetailForce Fiscal Middleware is now available for download.

This release includes first beta versions of the implementation of fiscalisation in the following countries:

  • Croatia – “Act on Fiscalisation of Cash Payments” and
  • Slovenia – “Act on Fiscal Verification of Invoices – ZDavPR”

Status of country implementation

We plan to release the above mentioned countries in 2023. As soon as the releases are available, we will inform you via our Newsletter, as well as here on our website.

With the release of this version, there are currently 3 country implementations in beta status:

  • Italy (v1.5.1)
  • Croatia (v1.5.2)
  • Slovenia (v1.5.2)

Below is an overview of all fiscal countries currently covered by the RetailForce Fiscal Middleware (incl. TFCM version):

  • Bulgaria – Fiscal Printer (1.0.0)
  • Denmark – “System for digital sales registration” (1.0.1)
  • Germany – “Cash Register Anti-Tampering Ordinance – KassenSichV” (1.0.2)
  • France – “Anti-VAT fraud law” – with NF525 / Infocert (1.0.4)
  • Austria – “Cash Register Security Ordinance – RKSV” (1.0.2)
  • Poland – Fiscal printer (1.0.1)
  • Romania – fiscal printer (1.0.1)
  • Sweden – “Cash Register Act” (1.0.4)
  • Spain – “TicketBAI” – independent regions of Araba, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa (1.0.2)

Spain – TicketBAI

In version 1.5.2, some improvements have been made to the implementation of the TicketBAI system.

Please note that companies in the Basque region of Gipuzoa are now required to use the TicketBAI system as of 01 Nov 2022. The use in the regions of Bizkaia and Araba is mandatory as of 01 Jan. 2023. Nov. 2022 das TicketBAI-System verpflichtend einsetzen müssen.

Due to the regional differences within the TicketBAI system, the new field “Fiscal Region” will be displayed when creating a new store/branch if Spain has been selected as the fiscal country. The corresponding region in which the store/branch is located must be entered there. For more information, see the article “Creating Organisational Structure in RetailForce Cloud“.

France – GetEventLog

With this version, the technical journal (Journal des Événements Techniques, JET) can be exported locally in the system. This can be done via a new endpoint (GetEventLog) in the “ManagementController France” area.

Furthermore, methods for the verification of the French archive have been implemented, as well as other additions.

Further changes

  • Sweden – with version 1.5.2 it is possible to reconfigure the number ranges.
  • Italy (beta) – from now on, configuration objects for Italy can be created in the RetailForce Cloud. The current implementation for Italy is based on the certified fiscal cash register systems of Fiscal EPSON (“fiscal printer”). The configuration objects are required for the connection of the “fiscal printers”.

As usual, all details on changes, additions and extensions of version 1.5.2 are available in the release notes on our website.

RetailForce Fiscal Middleware – New Version 1.3.0

The latest version 1.3.0 of our Fiscal Middleware is now available for download at https://retailforce.cloud/downloads/.

This version includes releases for the countries:

  • Bulgaria and
  • Denmark.

Beta versions for:

  • France,
  • Poland, and
  • Sweden are also included in v1.3.0.

Austria

In addition to the above-mentioned country-extensions, version 1.3.0 is dominated by the Austrian Cash Register Security Ordinance (RKSV). A number of additions and improvements have been implemented, also with regard to the migration from other Fiscal Middleware systems to RetailForce.

Furthermore, the data collection log (“Datenerfassungsprotokoll”) according to §7 RKSV (“DEP7”) can now be checked for validity with the ASIT check tool via the RetailForce Cloud. Descriptions and details will follow in solution articles on our Solution Centre.

Technical Event Log

Starting with version 1.2.12, technical events at the checkout, which are required, for example, for the implementation of the NF525 requirements of Infocert, within the framework of the French “Anti-VAT Fraud Law”, or the law on “Digital Sales Registration Systems” in Denmark, can be transmitted to the RetailForce Middleware.

As of this version, some of these events are now automatically written to the technical event log (audit log) by the Fiscal Client. You can find more information on this in the linked article in our Solution Centre.

As usual, all details on changes, additions and extensions of version 1.3.0 are available in the release notes on our website.

Important Release 1.2.13

Attention: in order to continue to meet the legal requirements of the KassenSichV, all systems in Germany must be updated to the current release version 1.2.13 by 31 June 2022! The new version is available in the downloads section of the RetailForce website.

The v 1.2.13 of the Fiscal Client contains changes resulting from the DSFinV-K 2.3 – mandatory from 1 July 2022. Furthermore, the Swissbit Fiskal Cloud Connector version 4.0.1 is supported from this release. Since the certification of Swissbit’s FCC 3 is expiring, all systems using the Swissbit Cloud TSE must be updated to FCC version 4 by 31 July 2022 at the latest!

Extensions and features

Release Auditlog – with this release the so-called “Technical Event Log” is published and can now be used productively. In the countries Denmark and France, the technical event log is part of the country-specific fiscal requirements.

Swissbit Fiscal Cloud Connector 4.0.1 supported – As of this release, the Swissbit FCC is supported in the latest, certified version 4.0.1. As mentioned in the introduction, the upgrade to the new FCC version must be made by the end of July this year at the latest, as the certification of the old version 3.x is expiring.

Implementation DSFinV-K 2.3 – all changes in the DSFinV-K version 2.3, which was published on 21 April 2022, are included in the new release. The DSFinV-K is mandatory as of 1 July 2022. See also the BMF letter dated 21 April. Details on the changes can be found in the linked news article on our website.

Standard Test Client GER – The Standard Test Client, which is installed with the fiscal service, now connects to the fiskaly Test Cloud TSE again. This function was deactivated during the migration to fiskaly Cloud TSE 2.0 and is now available again.

Denmark Release Candidate – furthermore, the Fiskal Client Version 1.2.13 contains the Release Candidate for Denmark. With the next version (1.3.0), the Danish country implementation will be officially published.

Changes TrustedFiscalModule

BusinessTransactionType.Discount – from now on discounts have to be sent as part of the position item and not as a separate discount item.

Bulgaria – new fiscal document types have been added for the Bulgaria implementation. Details can be found in the release notes.

Changes TrustesFiscalService

Fiscal Country properties – country-specific information regarding fiscalisation (supported business cases, documents, payment types as well as fiscal documents) can now be queried via the Fiscal Client.

Furthermore, due to the upcoming release of the country extensions for Bulgaria, Denmark and France, the test unit coverage has been greatly increased.

Details on the enhancements and changes can be found, as usual, in the release notes of the current version of the Fiscal Client in the downloads section of our website.

New version – Fiscal Client 1.2.12

In the download area of the RetailForce website you will find the latest version of our Fiscal Client (https://www.retailforce.cloud/downloads/).
The current release 1.2.12 includes functions for the countries Denmark and Bulgaria and is probably the last beta version for the two fiscal countries.
In addition to the country integrations, several improvements have been incorporated to increase the performance of the Fiscal Client – mainly for high-load systems.

RetailForce Cloud

Some changes that have been made to the RetailForce Cloud:

  • Simultaneously with the release of the new client version, configuration objects for Denmark and Bulgaria can now be created in the Cloud Portal.
  • The export of DSFinV-K files in CSV format is now much faster.
  • An additional caption field has been added to the customer entities “Organisation” and “Company” in order to be able to enter brand names of companies.
    We recommend filling the field “Caption 1” with the official company name and “Caption 2” with the brand name.

An overview of all enhancements, improvements and bug fixes can be found in the release notes at https://www.retailforce.cloud/downloads/Version%201.2.12/ReleaseNotes1.2.12.md.

Current release 1.2.11

The latest release of RetailForce Fiscal Middleware is available in the download directory. This version is dedicated to the preparation for the country extensions that will be available soon. You will soon find more information here in the news section of our website.

The most important innovations of this version are that with version 1.2.11:

Fiscal Module

Newly added are fields for company identification, which are used, among other things, to establish the cloud connection of the Fiscal Client. The new fields are:

  • Business identification number and
  • Statistical classification number.

and must be declared as mandatory in certain countries. The identifiers listed above have different meanings for each country. Further information on this can also be found in our Solution Centre: https://support.retailforce.cloud/hc/de/articles/4405772745617.

Technical Journal / Audit Log

As of the current version, the fiscal client can manage a technical journal, also called an audit log, which is required in certain countries. Various events can be transmitted to the middleware for this purpose.

Reprint Count

Some countries require that the number of voucher reprints be recorded. The new version 1.2.11 provides for print count management.

In the course of the extensive revisions of the Fiscal Client with the present version, many test units were also newly created and existing ones revised.

All changes and improvements of this release are listed in the release notes of the current version.

New Fiscal Client Version 1.2.10

The latest version of the RetailForce Fiscal Client is ready for use. Currently, the latest versions can be found, as usual, in the downloads section of the RetailForce website. With one of the next versions, the download area will be moved to its own website.

Main Features

Essentially, this version provides the following changes:

  • Austria: the automatic generation of the annual receipt in the cloud has been revised and improved.
  • General
    • One of the integrated validations of the Fiscal Clients checks whether the sum of the gross and net totals transferred from the POS system corresponds to the receipt total. In order to avoid error messages in case of deviations in this respect, a tolerance range of e.g. a few euro cents can now be defined.
    • With the method “UpdateClientByCloud”, configuration objects changed in the cloud can be updated on the client

As usual, you will find a summary of all changes in the release notes.

Release Version 1.2.9

Version 1.2.9 of the Fiscal Client is available in the downloads section of the RetailForce website. When upgrading to this version, please note the implementation instructions, which are also available as a Word document in the Downloads directory.

Migration tool

One of the main innovations in this version is that the middleware provides a migration tool for fiscal systems in Austria. This makes it possible to take over data collection logs (DEP7/DCL7) and AES keys from other fiscal middleware systems from other manufacturers without having to take the corresponding cash registers out of operation in FinanzOnline and then register them again. When switching to the RetailForce Fiskal middleware, it is possible to continue working seamlessly with the existing DEP7 / DCL7 (data collection log according to §7 Cash Register Security Ordinance – “RKSV”). The user key (AES-256 key) is also reused.

Fiscal Client

The Fiscal Client is now also available via NuGet. The packages can be found on the website https://www.nuget.org/profiles/RetailForceDevelopment.

Furthermore, as of now a backup copy of the Fiscal Client can be created and a restore can be carried out if required. More information can be found in the RetailForce Solution Centre in the following article:https://support.retailforce.cloud/hc/en-gb/articles/4421675764497-Moving-FiscalClient-from-one-computer-to-another.

FiscalAT

Further improvements to this version mainly concern the Austria variant of the Fiscal Client:

  • Documentation of the VAT positions was revised
  • Added call “GetStartReceipt”
  • Test methods for reporting status of cash registers, signature creation unit, annual receipt improved
  • Last added line in DEP7 can be checked against FinanzOnline (Document Verification)

FiscalDE

In the German version, Fiskaly’s cloud TSE was released for productive operation.

RetailForce Cloud

Some changes and improvements have also been made to the RetailForce Cloud Portal.

In the main menu (left), the menu item “Information” now shows the essential characteristics of the different fiscal countries. Here you can see at a glance which document types must be transferred in a certain country.

For Austria versions, the date of the first or the current last DEP entry is displayed in the terminal insights. For systems in Germany, the date of the first daily closing performed on the terminal – since the RetailForce Fiscal Middleware went live – and the last daily closing created are displayed.

All changes and improvements can be found in the release notes of this version.

Current release – Fiscal Client 1.2.8.

The latest release of the Fiscal Client (version 1.2.8) is available in the downloads section of the RetailForce website. Major innovations mainly concern the German country version (FiskalDE) under Linux.

FiskalDE – swissbit Hardware TSE

As main features, the new version 1.2.8. supports the swissbit hardware TSE under Linux, via the Docker container, and under android (beta).

IntelliSense

For the nuget implementation, the IntelliSense class documentation has been added to the nuget packages, making development easier.

RetailForce Cloud Portal

The Global Search Box of the RetailForce Cloud Portal has been improved so that global search terms can now be used for search results from organisations, companies, shops as well as terminals.

Furthermore, larger files can now also be transmitted to the RetailForce Cloud. For large files, the upload continues (restart).

The complete release notes can be found in markdown in the folder of version 1.2.8 in the downloads directory: https://www.retailforce.cloud/downloads/Version%201.2.8/ReleaseNotes1.2.8.md

New Release – Fiscal Client 1.2.7.

The current version of the Fiscal Client – v. 1.2.7. – is available for download: https://www.retailforce.cloud/downloads/Version%201.2.7/. The version contains an important update for Austria (FiscalAT).

FiscalAT

Due to an error, the automatic annual receipt is not created correctly. This bug has been fixed in the current version. We recommend that all customers upgrade to the latest version so that the annual receipt can be checked correctly via FinanzOnline.

Furthermore, the reduced tax rates for all food and beverages in the catering sector, as well as services in the cultural sector, which were reduced to 5% in the course of the Corona measures, were set back to the original values of 10% and 13%.

Docker Hub

As of this version, the Docker container of the Fiscal Client can be downloaded directly from the Docker Hub. Below is the link to download: https://hub.docker.com/r/retailforce/trusted-fiscal-service.

Digital receipt

Another innovation concerns our “digital receipt” service. The delivery page for digital receipts can be adapted to the company’s own corporate design. We will be happy to support you in this. Please contact us via the contact form contact form, or send us an e-mail.

As usual, you will find all changes of version 1.2.7. in the Release-Notes.

New year and new release

The coming turn of the year brings with it a change in the VAT regime in Austria. As part of the measures adopted by the federal government in the course of Corona, the VAT rates of 10% and 13% were temporarily reduced to a reduced rate of 5%. The measure applied to gastronomy, the hotel industry, the cultural sector as well as the publication sector. This temporary regulation expires at the end of the year. As of 01 January 2022, the old VAT rates pursuant to § 10 of the Value Added Tax Act (UStG 1994).

Cash register systems and other electronic recording systems must be converted accordingly in good time. The VAT department of the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) has issued a statement on the offsetting of services extending over the turn of the year.

Zitat: “For reasons of administrative economy, turnover in the hotel and catering sector that is exported during the night from 31 December 2021 to 1 January 2022 may be treated uniformly in accordance with the legal situation up to 31 December 2021 or in accordance with the legal situation from 1 January 2022.”

This means that hotels and restaurants that entertain guests in the night from 31.12.2021 until midnight and provide services that are not invoiced until after the turn of the year can choose whether to apply the reduced tax rate or the old one.

The new “old” VAT rates can be validated from version 1.2.7, which will be made available by us this week.

Version 1.2.6

Since this week, a new version of the Fiscal Client is available for download. As announced, the Fiskal Client is now available as a Docker Container on the Docker Hub: https://hub.docker.com/u/retailforce. Instructions for commissioning the container can be found on our support portal at: https://support.retailforce.cloud/hc/en-gb/articles/4413162938641-Linux-TrustedFiscalService-as-Docker-Container.

Significant new functions and improvements

  • Austria: the RestoreByCloud function now automatically checks whether the cash register is already registered in FinanzOnline. If this is not the case, the cash registration will be carried out.
  • Austria: to avoid rounding differences, VAT totals can be transmitted for the entire document (Document model version 1.0.3.)
  • General: the last saved document can be retrieved by the Fiscal Client

Furthermore, the error handling has been improved.

As always, you will find all changes, additions and improvements in the current Release-Notes.