Written by Fmi.Online Monday November 14, 2022
A receipt is a document that states the details of a given financial transaction. It describes all the relevant elements of the operation.


Receipts are issued in many different scenarios to have a written record of what has happened. The most common receipts are sales receipts. These documents state a detailed description of the sale, they contain some elements like the date of the transaction, the price of each item and the total cost; the amount paid or owed (depending if the receipt was paid at the time or if it was a transaction that will be paid in the future), it states which items were sold and the quantity of each and the name of the company and the client, among other details.The purposes of these receipts are many. First of all they serve as accounting records. Also, they give the customer a written proof of the transaction in case they have a claim in regard to the items being bought. Receipts can also be issued to record that something was transferred, as in the case of a barter transaction. Finally, receipts can also be issued when a company hands off some money that has to be reimbursed or justified later on, as in the case of travel expenses that must be reported by the employee after the trip has ended.

In a nutshell: 

  • Receipts are an official record that represents proof of a financial transaction or purchase.
  • Receipts are issued in business-to-business dealings as well as stock market transactions.
  • Receipts are also necessary for tax purposes as proof of certain expenses.
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