Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5421

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING "ZAPPERS".

Vote Date:

4/3/12

Vote Action:

JFS

PH Date:

3/12/2012

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

The bill makes it illegal to sell, purchase, install or transfer sales suppression devices (zappers) and other similar phantom-ware used to eliminate (zap) point-of-sale transactions randomly and create a shadow record of the sale, thereby making it difficult to detect understated records of sales and sales tax liability.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Kevin B. Sullivan, Commissioner, Department of Revenue Services, State of CT.

Commissioner Sullivan testified in support of the bill, which was crafted in consultation with the Attorney General and the Department of Consumer Protection. Zapper technology and other phantom ware is easily installed in electronic cash registers and with the sole purpose of forging sales transaction records in order to under-report and under-pay sales tax otherwise due on the actual value of each of the transactions.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

None expressed.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None expressed.

Reported by: Madeline Grabinski

Assistant Clerk

Date: 4/4/12