SALT Report 2180 – The Wyoming State Legislature passed a Bill that prohibits the sale or possession of sales suppression devices and equipment. Specifically, SF 68 states that anyone who intends to evade the imposition, collection, or remittance of Wyoming sales tax, through the sale, purchase, possession, installation, or transfer of any automated sales suppression device, zapper, or phantom-ware is committing a felony act that is punishable by a fine of $5,000, up to three years imprisonment, or both.
Further, automated sales suppression devices, zappers, or phantom-ware, or any device containing an automated sales suppression device, zapper, or phantom-ware is considered contraband and is subject to immediate seizure, confiscation, and forfeiture.
The Bill defines “automated sales suppression devices” and “zappers” as a software program that falsifies the electronic records of an electronic cash register or other point of sale system, including transaction data and transaction reports.
“Phantom-ware” is defined as a hidden programming option embedded in the operating system of an electronic cash register or hardwired into the electronic cash register that is used to create a virtual second till or used to eliminate or manipulate transaction records in an electronic cash register.
The terms of the bill went into effect February 15, 2013.
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