This article reviews how big the fake receipt industry is in China. It is everywhere in the world and it is really about avoiding taxes and reimbursement for receipts that you never pay for an item or restaurant or the alike. How many times does US government officials put down large amounts for meals and gets reimburse by the tax payers it happens in every country. Back to this article, in small businesses like restaurants they will buy fake receipts to reduce their taxes to be paid. Typically you pay for the receipts in advance from the government. For example, we experienced this exact event at a restaurant in China. It was a great restaurant located on a reservoir with the only access was by boat. All meals and vegetables were raised on the small farm at the restaurant with private bamboo stilts rooms. Great fresh food and the experience were fantastic but as the bill came they saw I was a foreigner so charged and a very high price. My wife freaked out to say the least and we were with a group of 8 people. As my wife was negotiating a lower price the receipts they gave us was fake and my wife said reduce the price or get us real receipts or call the police. They said they would go buy really receipts and reduce our price. It took a long time because an employee had to go back to town on the boat and purchase receipts but in the end we did not have to pay the high price and the government got their taxes. What no prices you say and yes in a lot of restaurant like this one with pretty much a set menu for the day there are no prices. But customers and locals know the going rate and will pay it but when it is crazy like our bill then a problem arises.
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