“Zapper” Legislation Introduced

Software programs designed to allow business owners to modify their Point of Sale systems are estimated to cost the state nearly $59 million in lost tax revenue. Now, new legislation is being introduced makes these “zappers” illegal. In essence, zappers allow unscrupulous business owners to keep two sets of books, one for state inspectors and one for themselves. Before the advent of 21st century computing, business owners needed to keep paper receipts from the physical register; modern POS systems keep a digital record that is supposed to be unmodifiable. Zappers are easy to use and remain widely available. Several other states and several countries have already made zappers illegal. (S.F. 1603)

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