Will QR Codes Prevent Tax Evasion?

All retail stores, restaurants and bars in Montevideo (the capital city of Uruguay) will have to display a QR Code sticker by the entrance to their premises from August 20, 2013. The mandatory QR Code stickers are provided free by the Dirección General Impositiva (DGI) the Uruguayan Tax authority and Banco de Previsión Social (BPS) the state social security organization. The purpose of the new law is to reduce tax evasion, even though Uruguay already has the lowest tax evasion rate in Latin America. Scanning the QR Code will resolve to a url giving citizens the tax status of the business i.e. whether they have paid them or not. The idea is to encourage consumers to use those businesses that are socially responsible and up to date with their tax obligations.

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