Electronic receipt becomes trend, Finance Ministry releases ‘barcode’

The China Post news staff

The China Post news staff–The Ministry of Finance (MOF) rewarded a man who received Taiwan’s 1 billionth electronic receipt with a tablet computer, yesterday. Starting from today, an upgraded “cellphone barcode” enables consumers to receive receipts via barcodes and to utilize auto-wiring services for cash prizes. The ID of the 1 billionth electronic receipt is DF74777369. The consumer who received the receipt spent NT$195 on three packets of cigarettes in a convenience store in Hsinchu County at 12:34 a.m. on Friday, according to Su Chun-jung (蘇俊榮), head of the MOF Financial Data Center (財稅資料中心). Su made it a point to announce the information at Tonghe Township (東河鄉) in Taitung County, because “Tonghe Township is the first township where digital receipts were issued.”

Electronic receipts were promoted for the first time in 2010. The fact that over 1 billion electronic receipts have been issued indicates that they are gradually becoming a mainstream, Su pointed out, estimating that by 2014, over 50 percent of Taiwan’s receipts will be issued in electronic format. Auto-lottery Checking Beginning today, the upgraded version of electronic receipts and the “cellphone barcode” developed by MOF will be available for application, Su said. Individualized barcodes can be downloaded from the MOF’s website after citizens’ cellphone numbers and email addresses are inserted. The barcode needs to be printed out and attached to cellphones or anything else consumers regularly carry around. One only needs to scan the barcode when paying for purchased goods for the receipt information to be stored in a cloud service. The system automatically checks receipt IDs for lottery service matches, and automatic notifications will be sent to winners’ email addresses. Offering Receipts “Lai Lai Soy Milk” (來來豆漿), a famous traditional breakfast and snack provider in Neihu District of Taipei City, has begun providing electronic receipts for customers, the Taipei National Tax Administration (NTAT, 台北市國稅局) under the MOF announced yesterday.