Tax Stamp Solutions

Tax stamps are used on a wide array of consumer goods to indicate that taxes have been paid, to provide supply chain visibility or to authenticate products.

Tax stamps, also called fiscal stamps, excise stamps, duty stamps, tax seals or banderoles are applied by more than 80 countries in the world on tobacco and alcohol, but some countries extended their use to soft drinks or luxury foods too.Given the inherent value of a tax stamp, the threats posed by fraudsters are now as broad as they are serious. Basic labels with a very limited amount of security features, such as microtext, guilloches, UV fluorescent inks or security fibres only give basic protection against small-scale smugglers, and will not hold back criminal organisations.

Key Benefits of our tax stamp solutions include:

  • Adaptability: Region-specific tailored programs
  • Security:World-class authentication and proprietary imaging technologies
  • Scalability: Base raw material components to end-to-end stamping solutions
  • Interoperability:Bolt-on components to existing stamping infrastructures
  • Traceability:Audit of online trade in addition to physical product movement

 Our Tax Stamp Solutions can include the following elements:

  • Component parts such as base materials, holographic security stripes, etc.
  • Custom designed tax stamps with a variety of anti-counterfeiting security features
  • Multiple application types (adhesive, wet glue, etc.)
  • Unique serialization and the ability to embed information into a variety of barcode type
  • Supply Chain Track and Trace features
  • High-Speed stamp application equipment
  • Data warehousing for agency personnel support
  • Automation of tax filing and reporting
  • Mobile authentication for authorities, customs, distributors, retail, and the public

Tax Stamp Solutions

VINSAK provides comprehensive solutions to governments to maximize tax collections and ensure product integrity for spirits and other beverages. A variety of programs can be custom-tailored to solve particular problems such as diversion, counterfeiting, and tax evasion.

Digital Tax Marking – proprietary, encrypted and secure barcodes are directly inkjet printed on the product packaging as part of the manufacturing process. The covert markers – both an optical marker that is scanned with the barcode reader and a molecular marker that can be validated at anVINSAK laboratory – are included in the secure ink and applied directly to the product. A proprietary symbology device that incorporates VINSAK-designed decryption hardware and software is used to confirm that the ink is authentic and to read the encrypted barcodes.

Hybrid Tax Stamps – Suitable for retrofitting into existing product manufacturing facilities with limited disruption, hybrid tax stamp design can include tamper-evident seals, optical inks or holograms and guilloche security printing. On-label, secure inkjet digital features can include visible encrypted 2D barcodes suitable for scanning with mobile apps or barcode scanners, a readable 10-digit alphanumeric serial number or microprint. Covert features include proprietary optical markers that can be scanned with VINSAK proprietary readers in the field and molecular markers that can be validated in aVINSAK laboratory.

Intaglio Printing

Intaglio printing is the opposite of relief printing, in that the printing is done from ink that is below the surface of the plate. The design is cut, scratched, or etched into the printing surface or plate, which can be copper, zinc, aluminum, magnesium, plastics, or even coated paper. Intaglio printmaking techniques work by incising into the surface of a plate (steel, copper etc.) with tools or with acid. Afterwards the plate is coated with ink. The surface is wiped clean so that the ink remains only in the incised areas. Finally a dampened paper is pressed against the plate.

Which are the Intaglio Printmaking Methods?

  • Engraving
  • Etching
  • Drypoint
  • Mezzotint
  • Aquatint
  • Stipple
  • Lithography
  • Silkscreen Printing