Connecticut – Automated Sales Suppression Devices

SALT Report 1586 – The Connecticut General Assembly passed legislation that makes it a felony to sell, purchase, install, transfer, or possess any automated sales suppression device or phantom-ware.  These devices are used to eliminate point-of-sale transactions, create a shadow record of sales, and to falsify sales records and sales tax liability.
Effective July 1, 2012, any person convicted of using these devices will be subject to the following:
  • Fines of up to $100,000
  • Imprisonment for a minimum of one year up to five years, or both fines and imprisonment,
  • Liability for all taxes, penalties, and interest due to the state, and
  • Forfeiture of all profits that result from the sale or use of sales suppression devices or phantom-ware
Moreover, automated sales suppression devices, phantom-ware, or anything that contains these devices is contraband and will be confiscation by the Connecticut Commissioner of Revenue Services.
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