By Mary Hernandez - March 13 2018 05:50:02
When you receive a payment from a customer, especially if the payment is in cash, you may be asked to provide a receipt. A receipt could be just a statement written out by hand or torn out of a receipt book that you purchase from your office supply company. But, you can also create and print your own customized receipt forms using our free receipt templates.
There is usually no set form for a receipt, such as a requirement that it be machine generated. Many point-of-sale terminals or cash registers can automatically produce receipts. Receipts may also be generated by accounting systems, be manually produced or generated electronically, for example if there is not a face-to-face transaction. To reduce the cost of postage and processing, many businesses do not mail receipts to customers, unless specifically requested or required by law, with some transmitting them electronically. Others, to reduce time and paper, may endorse an invoice, account or statement as "paid".
A receipt is a written acknowledgment that a person has received money or property in payment following a sale or other transfer of goods or provision of a service. All receipt must have the date of purchase on them. If the recipient of the payment is legally required to collect sales tax or VAT from the customer, the amount would be added to the receipt and the collection would be deemed to have been on behalf of the relevant tax authority. In many countries, a retailer is required to include the sales tax or VAT in the displayed price of goods sold, from which the tax amount would be calculated at point of sale and remitted to the tax authorities in due course. Similarly, amounts may be deducted from amounts payable, as in the case of wage withholding taxes. On the other hand, tips or other gratuities given by a customer, for example in a restaurant, would not form part of the payment amount or appear on the receipt.
What are the differences between a payment receipt and a sales receipt?
A payment receipt is a proof of payment. It is mostly for the buyer rather than for the business. It is typically not used in accounting for digital products. A payment receipt lets a buyer be sure that their payment was received by the business.
By contrast, a sales receipt (a.k.a simplified invoice) is a bill or (request for payment if that payment has not already happened). Sales receipts must contain a more detailed breakdown of the costs and taxes involved, as well as information about the business. They also must have a unique receipt number and a few other strict requirements. Unlike an invoice, it does not require customer information, making for less form field to fill out at checkout for your customers (as long as the transaction falls beneath the threshold required by your tax authority).
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