A point of sale (POS) cash register will track your sales and compute the taxes for each one. POS registers combine the functionality of cash registers with the processing power of a computer to integrate with your method of accounting. Many POS registers have USB ports to connect barcode scanners, larger monitors, magnetic stripe readers and other devices that will help your accounting systems run smoothly.
Initialize your cash register. Methods vary by manufacturer but a common method is turning the manager key to the register (REG) position before you plug the machine in or install batteries. Plug the power cord into an outlet and the machine will be initialized when you hear a tone or buzzer and the register display shows “0.00.”
Install batteries. Type and position of batteries will vary by manufacturer but are often under the paper cover. Your batteries are installed properly when the low battery symbol disappears from the display.
Turn the manager key to the programming position and enter the date by entering the eight digits that correspond to the date. For example, enter March 21, 2010 by pressing the 03212010 keys in order. Press the “Time display” key to enter the date. Enter the time using the “hhmm” format and pressing the “Time display” key.
Open the paper cover and lift the roller release lever to open the roller arm. Set the paper roll into the cradle with the end of the paper coming from the bottom of the roll and feed it into the paper guide. Close the arm slowly and push it until you hear it lock. Replace the cover and press the “up arrow” key until clean paper comes out of the printer cover.
Set the tax rate by pressing the “Time display” key, the number “9”, the “@/For” key, the number you designate for the tax entity you are collecting for, the “@/For” key and entering the tax rate numerically. For example if the tax rate is seven percent, enter 0.07. Press the “Time display” key followed by the “No sale” key to set the rate. The keys may differ on your cash register but should be similar.