Epson ready for BIR ban on thermal paper

Last September 21, the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) prohibited all business establishments and individual taxpayers from using thermal paper in issuing receipts. The regulation stated that all taxpayers, individuals or businesses, are required to preserve their books of accounts, including subsidiary books and other accounting records, for a period of 10 years—an impossible feat if the receipts printed on thermal paper. In line with that instruction, new business registrants must use non-thermal paper while existing registered taxpayers who are currently using thermal receipts have a three-year transition period to conform to the regulation. Epson Philippines is ready to provide solutions for customers using thermal Point-of-Sale (POS) printers with its other reliable Epson printer technology that can be used for POS systems: the dot matrix technology. The print outs from the dot matrix printers do not fade, and are therefore perfect for financial record-keeping purposes. Epson has been the brand of choice in the Philippines in the dot matrix printer category for the past 17 years, holding an outstanding 96 percent market share. Thea Austria, Product Manager of Epson Philippines’ POS systems, said: “We are equipped to provide even more trusted solutions to our customers by aiding them to comply with the new government regulation banning the use of thermal paper for receipts. There’s a reason why Epson’s dot matrix printers dominate the category—new users would be delighted in the uncompromising reliability and efficacy of our printers.” Epson offers a wide range of advanced technology solutions found in millions of POS systems around the world. This includes Epson’s flagship model and industry-standard TM-U220 series—the robust, best-selling impact receipt printer, which is exceptionally easy to use. It features unparalleled reliability which Epson is known for: fast print speeds and two-color printing. On the other hand, Epson’s TM-U950 multifunction POS printer is a high performance 2.5 station printer that is a perfect choice for large POS systems used by mass merchandisers and other large retailers.  Aside from receipts, it also handles a variety of printing formats including journals and slips. Other models available are the TM-U295, TM-U590, and TM-U675. “Epson’s easy-to-use dot matrix POS printers offer superior printing speeds, impressive consistency, and cost efficiency that satisfies the most demanding customer. No matter the scale or the requirement, Epson’s pre-sales support for end-user tests, porting, and integration with various POS applications, coupled with our nationwide after-sales support ensure that we are the best choice as a printing partner of enterprises,” added Austria. Epson has extensive driver support for various platforms—ESC/POS, OPOS, Windows, JavaPOS, and Linux. For more information about Epson’s dot matrix POS printers, visit


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