Every receipt identified the specific item purchased – it is not as if the merchant rang up the sale as just “candy” or had the bar code entered as the wrong item. While the merchant gets to keep a minimal handling fee, there is zero reason to overcharge the consumer 7 percent and to be doing so this long after the latest bulletin has been released. According to the Department of Revenue representative I checked with, this constitutes tax fraud and can be reported on their website. If it is all the same, however, I’d rather avoid yet one more database if I can and just take my business to those who have managed to update their systems appropriately.
Emmett Dulaney is an Anderson resident and the author of several books on technology. His column appears Tuesdays.