Connecticut: Tax Zappers Are a Class D Felony
- Sales Tax News
- Nov 7, 2013 | Gail Cole
Connecticut has updated the classification of sales and use tax fraud and the crime of sale or possession of tax zappers or phantom-ware. Sales tax suppression devices, which falsify cash register receipts, have been criminalized in Connecticut since July 2012.
Effective October 1, 2013, “Any person who willfully and knowingly sells, purchases, installs, transfers or possesses any automated sales suppression device or phantom-ware shall be guilty of a class D felony….” The fine for such a crime can be as high as $100,000. Imprisonment, if required, must be “not less than one or more than five years.” Persons convicted of such a crime can be fined, imprisoned, or both (Substitute Senate Bill No. 983).
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