The receipt lottery in Taiwan – whereby you can win varying amounts of money if the invoice number of your receipt matches certain numbers announced every two months – is great. However, I firmly believe that many of my winning NT$10 million receipts have been victim to my washing machine, to sun damage or to falling down the back of the sofa until they’re out of date. There’s also the minor hassle of going through receipts for everything you’ve bought in the past two months receipt by receipt with the risk that you’ll not actually have won anything.
E-Receipts vs Traditional Receipts
There’s nothing you can do about the older receipts – the ones that change colour every two months, like the one below. You just have to check them every two months with that dwindling sense of dread that you haven’t won anything again and you’ve just wasted an hour of your life.
The receipts issued by convenience stores, chain stores and an increasing number of other retailers that have two QR codes on the bottom, however, you can do something about.
You might notice that when you buy something at a convenience store in Taiwan with your Easycard, the attendant will ask you if you want to print the receipt. If you choose not to print it, it becomes a virtual electronic receipt tied to your Easycard. You can then check if you’ve won anything on the “everything machines” (Ibon Port; Famiport etc). On the Ibon machines the process is as follows:
- Click into the 「生活」 section from the main page.
- Click on 「電子發票」.
- Click on 「查詢中獎發票」.
- Click on 「悠遊卡」.
The screen will then display your winning receipts and allow you to print them and you can dance your way to your local convenience store or bank to collect your winnings (updated 2019/1/2 to refect that post offices no longer provide this service), or it will say something along the lines of “no winning receipts found”.
Non Easycard Purchases and Mobile Phone Barcodes
The above process is simple enough if you go around with thousands of NT on your Easycard at all times, but what if you want to pay by cash or card or even if you’re making an online purchase?
You can apply for a personalized barcode that can be used in all these transactions (provided the retailer issues e-receipts) at the website of the tax administration. (UPDATE: The Ministry of Finance now has its own app 「統一發票兌獎」 for those who don’t wish to use the website.)
- Click 「消費者」(Consumer) indicated in orange below:
2. Click on 「申請手機條碼」 (Apply for a mobile barcode) on the tab on the right-hand side as indicated in blue below:
3. Then you fill in your mobile phone number, email and a captcha code, as below:
You should then receive an SMS, with a four-character authentication password (驗證碼), which you’ll need to take note of somewhere you can find it again. You’ll also have to confirm your email.
If you go back to the main page. You can login by clicking the 「登入」 on the right-hand side as shown below in red:
After entering your phone number, your SMS password and a captcha, you’ll come to the main interface, as below:
If you want to print your mobile barcode, you can go to the tab indicated in white below 「手機條碼列印」(Print mobile barcode):
You can then stick this on something you carry around, like your Easycard or you can display it on your mobile using the 「發票+」 app (more on that below). You can also use the Ministry’s app as mentioned above (updated 2019/1/2) , as it offers the same services.
(Samsung Users: The Samsung Pay App can also store your Mobile barcode, so it is only one swipe away before you make a purchase with Samsung Pay.
All you need to do is open up the Samsung Pay interface and click “Loyalty Cards”:
(UPDATE – thanks to Slawa Nov. 6, 2019)
You can also save your mobile barcode on Google Pay as below:
Updated May 14, 2018)
Whenever you are making a purchase, you can then ask the attendant 「請你幫我把發票存到電子載具」, or you can just wave the barcode and say 「手機條碼」 (shou3ji1tiao2ma3) or 「電子載具」 (dian4zi5zai3ju4) and they’ll scan the barcode and your receipt will be saved virtually meaning you won’t receive a paper copy.
Connecting your Mobile Phone Barcode with your Easycard
To connect your mobile phone barcode with your Easycard you need to find out your Easycard’s “Hidden Number” or 「隱碼」 and your Easycard’s authentication number (發票驗碼). There are two ways to do this, at an everything machine in 7-11 or another convenience store (ibon machine or famiport etc) OR if you have an Android phone with near field technology you can do it from the comfort of your own home (sorry Apple users).
For the convenience store method, you can just follow the steps as laid out in this handy PDF. I’ve summarized one of the easiest methods below:
- Click into the 「生活」(life) section from the main page.
- Click on 「電子發票」 (e-receipts).
- Click on 「悠遊卡帳號申請」 (Apply for an Easycard Account).
- Click on 「同意」 (Agree).
- Press your Easycard on the Sensor and press 「確認」 (Confirm).
- Your Easycard “hidden number” and “authenication number” should by displayed on screen. You should take careful note of these.
Update: For users of iPhone 7 or later models, there is now an app which allows you to read NFC tags. This means you can do as the Android Users do below. The GoToTags app can be found on the App Store. (Updated 14 May, 2018.)
(Shout out to this blog for this method) If your phone is NFC enabled, download the following apps:
If you can’t, don’t despair and pretend you’re an Apple User and do it the old fashioned way.
- So if you’ve successfully downloaded the two apps, check to see if your NFC function is turned on, as pictured below:
- Open the NFC Reader and hold your Easycard to the back of it.
- Take down the number listed as ID(dec), it should be nine digits long, this is your Easycard’s hidden number.
- Open the Easy Wallet NFC app.
- Click the Menu icon in the top left corner and select 「感應取得電子發票驗證碼」
- You then have to enter the number that is displayed on the back of your Easycard as shown below:
- A dialogue box will open up displaying your Easycard authentication number.
Apple Users You Can Return Now
Now, whether you’re an Apple or an Android user (or some other phone user) you should have your Easycard “hidden number” and your Easycard authentication number.
If you’ve still got the tax administration site/app open follow the steps below to register your Easycard to the same account as your mobile phone barcode.
- Go to 「歸戶設定」 (Linked account settings) on the toolbar as highlighted below in white:
2. Click 「新增載具」 (Add new carrier) as highlighted below in red:
3. Select 「悠遊卡」 (Easycard) from the dropdown menu and select 「輸入卡號和驗證碼」（Enter card number and authentication number) then enter the “hidden number” in the first box labelled 「請輸入卡片號碼」 (Please enter your card number) and your Easycard authentication number in the box labelled 「請輸入驗證碼」(Please enter your authentication number). You can also give the card a nickname in the box below that, which is useful if you have more than one card and then there is another captcha:
4. Press 「確認」（Confirm） and a popup box should tell you that it was successful.
Connecting Your Bank Account
You’re on the homestretch. Next you have to designate a bank account upon which the tax administration will shower your winnings.
- Switch to the 「設定領獎資料」 (Prize Retrieval Data) tab as below:
- Fill out your bank account information.
For 「啟用匯款」（Activate bank transfer) you’ll want to set it to 「是」 (yes).
Next 「姓名」(name) should be your name, ensure that it matches the name you have registered with your bank (surname first given name next).
After this is your ID no. or 「身分證字號」 (ARC for foreigners).
Next, under 身分別 （Identity Type) have to state if you’re a local (本國人) or a foreigner (外籍人士）.
For 「金融機構代號」(Bank identifier) you can fill in your bank’s three-digit identifier number or search for your bank on the drop-down menu.
「金融帳戶」（Account number) is your account number.
And finally your phone number.
OK! That’s it! You’ve only gone and done it!
If you want to keep track of all your receipts (and scan those that you forget to get put on to a digital carrier) you can download the 「統一發票兌獎」app.
It will prompt you to enter your phone number and your 「手機條碼」 (Mobile Phone Barcode) along with your four character authentication number. You can even display your barcode by just opening the app, handy when you’re in shops:
You can also view all your receipts and scan them with the camera (only those with two QR codes at the bottom). All your Easycard purchases will appear here too and everything you use your mobile phone barcode for. You can click the icon on the top right to see them all.
(UPDATE October 31, 2019) If you have a paper receipt with two QR codes at the bottom, you can now get the money straight into your bank account via the 統一發票兌獎 app:
Step 1: Open the app and go to 「我要領獎」(I want to claim a prize), if you’ve already scanned in the paper copy of the receipt, it should be listed there with a green 「領獎」(claim prize) button beside it. Unfortunately the app doesn’t allow screenshots for security reasons.
Step 2: You’ll be taken to a screen which asks you to enter your ID, made sure you click into this section and change it from ID (身份證號) to 「晶片居留證」 (chipped ARC) unless you’re a citizen. It will also ask you to enter certain other data points, including the date of issue (發證日期) and date of expiry. For APRC holders with no date of expiry, I just entered a random date in the future and it worked. It will also ask for the serial number on the back of your card. It will also ask you for the details of the bank (your three letter bank ID no. and your account no.) in which you wish the money to be deposited.
Step 3: After entering all this info the app appeared to error and the camera turned on, but this is actually the final step – scanning the receipts QR codes again. After the receipt has been scanned again, there is a brief message saying that they’ll confirm with your bank, and then the green icon should turn to amber, with「已領」(already claimed) on it. After a few minutes, this should turn to grey, which means the money has been deposited in your account.
Although Food Panda delivery staff give you a receipt when you receive your food, the receipt for the platform fee is stored with them virtually. You’ll usually receive emails from them stating this from time to time. These are sent from the addressee 「明恩數位資訊股份有限公司」.
At the bottom of these emails you’ll see 「會員載具歸戶網址」 as below:
When you click this it should bring you to a website which will allow you to register your receipts to a virtual carrier, which can also be registered to your mobile phone barcode. Click 「確定歸戶」 highlighted in red below:
This will bring you back to the tax administration’s website, and you’ll be offered a choice of two options. Select 「手機條碼」 (Mobile Phone Barcode」 as highlighted below:
A pop up will come up and you can click 「確認」 (Confirm).
Then you’ll be asked to enter your phone number and your Mobile Phone Barcode Authetication number (four characters). It will show you the carrier and you just have to click 「確認」 (Confirm) again and you’ll have linked your Food Panda e-receipts to your account.
If you book cinema tickets online with Vieshow, there is also an option to fill in your 手機條碼」 (mobile phone barcode), so the receipt will go directly into your virtual account, as below:
Mobile Phone Bill Receipts
If you’re a Taiwan Mobile (台灣大哥大) user, you can also get the receipts related to your mobile phone bills stored on your digital carrier. I’m unsure about other telecom carriers but it’s probably similar. If you know your account details, you can log in to the Taiwan Mobile site and then choose the option 「電子發票載具設定」 (e-receipt carrier settings), as below:
Now you just select 「手機條碼」 and fill it in on the space indicated in red below:
You do still have to go through the more traditional receipts one by one though. 😦
Places I know take 手機條碼
- Family Mart
- OK Mart
- Mos Burger
- Jasons (excludes some stores)
- Sushi Express
- Ireland Potato
- Jelly Belly
- Coco (tea shop)
- Zhongzheng Sports Center (Entrance fee)
- Landi Pasta (嵐迪義大利麵館） in Yonghe
- Out of India (印度風情)
(Not an exhaustive list – generally anywhere you can pay with Easycard accepts it and some places accept it even if they don’t take Easycard. I will keep updating the list over time.)