CASPER — A legislative committee has passed a draft bill that would bar “tax zapper” devices and software that skim sales tax money that should have gone to the state.
The state Legislature’s Joint Revenue Interim Committee passed the draft Friday.
The piracy involves a computer software program and a plug-in that drops a number of transactions and the sales tax paid on them from the system. A selected portion of the transactions and the equivalent sales taxes collected are erased at the end of the day, leaving the business’ sales records balanced, but less than what was actually taken in.
The draft bill says people who use or sell zappers would face a felony charge.