On June 25, 2021, the Bundesrat approved the ordinance amending the Kassensicherungsverordnung. The addition to § 6 sentence 2 of the KassenSichV makes it possible that certain information does not have to be printed on a receipt in a form that can be read by a human being, but can be shown in a QR code. Thus, the receipt size can be reduced.
§ 6 sentence 2 of the KassenSichV is amended to read as follows:
“The information referred to in sentence 1 must be
1. readable by anyone without the assistance of a machine, or
2. be readable from a QR code.
The QR code in accordance with sentence 2 number 2 must comply with the digital interface of the tax authorities (DSFinV) prescribed for the respective associated type of recording system. The digital interface is published in the current version on the website of the German Bundeszentralamtes für Steuern.
Subject to paragraph 2, this Regulation is effective from the day following its promulgation.
The addition in § 6 sentence 2 KassenSichV allows the signature data to be printed in a QR code. Previously, all information had to be printed in a human-readable form. This means that this data no longer has to be displayed twice on the receipt if a QR code has already been printed on the receipt. This means that cash receipts are shortened. It is estimated that this change will save 108,000 km of paper annually.
The structure and technical specifications for the QR code must comply with the digital interface of the tax authorities (DSFinV). A digital interface of the Financial Administration for Cash Register Systems (DSFinV‑K) is defined for cash register systems.
The example is from the ordinance amending the Kassensicherungsverordnung and illustrates how many resources can be saved annually by this change:
“This is based on the assumption that, up to now, data has taken up an average length of 3 cm on the cash register receipt and that around 40 percent of receipts are either issued electronically or do not contain a QR code. With an estimated 6 billion receipts annually , this leads to a paper saving of 108,000 km of paper. With an average length of 50 m per receipt roll and an average cost of 1 euro per receipt roll, the annual savings amount to 2.1 million euros.”
Drucksache 19/29085 (28.4.2021), S. 15.
fiskaly supports this sustainable development of printing a QR code instead of printing the readable signature. Thus, paper consumption can be reduced by the German Belegausgabepflicht (obligation to issue a receipt) and thus resources can be saved.
The “extra mile” with fiskaly is the completely electronic receipt distribution. With the fiskaly eReceipt (interface) it is in future possible to hand over the receipt 100% electronically and therefore climate neutral.
More details will follow in autumn 2021!
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