Taipei, April 18 (CNA) The Ministry of Finance fiscal information center reminded the public on Tuesday that utility bills bearing winning uniform invoice numbers can be redeemed even if the original has been lost, as the numbers are automatically transferred to the ministry's cloud data center.
Water, electricity, gas and telecom companies have been required to issue uniform invoices since Jan. 1 last year.
The utility companies notify their customers if the invoice numbers on their bills have won a prize. Even if the winning bills have been lost, and no photocopies have been kept, the fiscal information center, which manages the cloud data bank, said customers can take their receipt to the convenience store where they paid the bill and ask the staff to print out an invoice, with which they can claim their prize at post offices.
If the receipts are also missing and if the winning numbers are worth a prize of NT$4,000 (US$131.50) or less, customers can go to the utility company with their ID card, sign an affidavit and request a copy of the bill.
If the lost bills or receipts are worth a prize of more than NT$10,000, they will be required to present more documents to prove their identity, such as a house rental contract or house ownership certificate.
If a customer has paid the bill via an ATM or with a credit card, additional documents will be required, including the ATM transfer record or credit card payment record.
Taiwan's uniform invoice system, designed to encourage businesses to record business transactions as proof for paying taxes, offers a bimonthly prize draw that gives out cash prizes ranging from NT$200 to NT$10 million.
(By Bernie Chiu and S.C. Chang)