QR code repla­ces read­a­ble TSS signa­tu­re on POS receipt

The decisi­on of the German Bun­des­rat of 25.06.2021(2)(4) allows the QR code to be prin­ted as an alter­na­ti­ve to the data issued in read­a­ble form. This shor­tens the rece­i­pt and thus saves costs as well as resources.

Oliver Abl

Oliver Abl

Sales Mana­ger

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.

Source: Bun­des­rat Druck­sa­che 438/21 p. 8.

Sub­ject to para­graph 2, this Regu­la­ti­on is effec­ti­ve from the day fol­lowing its promulgation.

Sus­tainab­le development

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.

Examp­le cal­cu­la­ti­on Resour­ce Savings

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.

fis­ka­ly eReceipt

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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