Moscow, Russia (December 21, 2007) – The Lithuanian State Tax Inspectorate has received the “Good Practice” Award from the European Commission for its tax return processing project developed in collaboration with ABBYY Russia. The Lithuanian Tax Inspectorate's project uses ABBYY FormReader 6.5 Enterprise Edition for automated processing of tax returns. It proved a success right from the start, enabling Lithuanian citizens to fill in their tax returns either online, using the intuitive ABBYY eFormFiller tool, or offline, by completing machine-readable paper forms. The implemented solution eased the processing burden on the Tax Inspectorate, improved tax collection due to simpler declaration procedures, and sped up tax refund procedures.
The main contractor was ABBYY’s Lithuanian partner, Informacines Technologojos, UAB. The company was fully in charge of the project, including the deployment of ABBYY FormReader 6.5 Enterprise Edition and the SAPERION document management system. The concept for the project, as well as development platforms, were provided by Microsoft Lithuania.
Additional program modules and accompanying Web portals were developed by Alna AB, a subcontractor which was also responsible for the integration of all of the components.
The main contractor was ABBYY’s Lithuanian partner, Informacines Technologojos, UAB. The company was fully in charge of the project, including the deployment of ABBYY FormReader 6.5 Enterprise Edition and the SAPERION document management system. The concept for the project, as well as development platforms, were provided by Microsoft Lithuania. Additional program modules and accompanying Web portals were developed by Alna AB, a subcontractor which was also responsible for the integration of all of the components.
The system has been in operation for three years now, and the share of paper tax returns has gone down from 80% to 50%, while the speed of processing has increased almost five-fold. During these three years, the Lithuanian Tax Inspectorate has processed over 10 million electronic documents and sent out over 3 million messages to the users of the system.
“We had two major tasks to solve — to make the whole process of sending in the tax returns simpler for the tax payers and to speed up their subsequent processing. Accordingly, we needed a product that had the necessary features, was reliable, and was easy to use. And ABBYY FineReader met all these requirements perfectly, ” says Modestas Kaseliauskas, Head of the Lithuanian Tax Inspectorate.
Hundreds of cases are submitted to the European Commission annually at the ePractice portal ( http://www.epractice.eu/ ), but only 10% of them receive the “Good Practice” Award. Each project is appraised by an independent panel of experts. This year, 311 projects from 32 EU countries have been nominated for the award.
“This project is a very good example that shows how our products not only solve specific tasks for our customers but help to strengthen a country’s economy, and we are very honoured to see that the project has won international acclaim,” says ABBYY Russia CEO Gregory Lipich.
ePractice.eu is an online portal where EU companies may share their experience and success stories. The portal was created at the initiative of the European Commission and unites 27 EU countries, candidate countries, and members of the European Free Trade Association. For more information, visit http://www.epractice.eu/
INFO-TEC (now Informacines Technologojos UAB) is one of Lithuania’s leading providers of electronic document management and data processing systems. The company is also a software and hardware distributor and provides network maintenance services. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.infotec.lt/
Microsoft is the world’s leading software developer. The company also provides services in Internet technology development. Its products include desktop and network operating systems, server applications for client-server environments, desktop business applications, office software, interactive software and computer games, Internet software, and development kits. For more information, visit http://www.microsoft.com/
Alna AB is a leading provider of IT services in the Baltic region. Alna AB is a recognized expert in IT consulting and software development, including ERP solutions. For more information, visit http://www.alna.com/
ABBYY Russia is a member of ABBYY Group, a world leader in document recognition and linguistic technologies. ABBYY specializes in the development of software for optical character recognition (OCR), intelligent character recognition (ICR), linguistics, semantics, and electronic lexicography. Leading products from ABBYY include the FineReader line of recognition software and development tools, and FlexiCapture line of dynamic data capture solutions. Companies that license ABBYY’s recognition technologies include Anoto, Cardiff, Banctec, BenQ, DICOM/Kofax, EMC, EPSON, Freedom Scientific, Fujitsu, Kurzweil, Microtek, NewSoft, Notable Solutions, Stellent, Panasonic, ReadSoft, Samsung Electronics, Saperion, Siemens Nixdorf, Sumitomo Electric Systems, and Toshiba. The ABBYY Group Headquarters are located in Moscow, Russia with offices in Ukraine, the United States, the UK, Japan, and Germany. For more information, please visit http://www.abbyy.ru/ .
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