Bills in China: Fapiao

  • 13 April 2011 10:00 am

Today’s post is about Fāpiào (发票), a Chinese bill. If you were thinking of Fabio, you might have been as confused as we were at first, when you (mis)heard the name.

Fapiao, Chinese bill

What kind of fapiaos exist?
Fapiao is the receipt for buying goods, services and other sales. There are three kind’s fapiaos: common tax fapiao, value-added tax fapiao; specialty tax fapiao. We normally use common tax fapiao, i.e.: taxi fapiao, air-ticket, bus ticket, food fapiao, etc.

How does it work?
When you buy goods, services and other sales, you can request the seller to give you a fapiao.

Why did the government create this fapiao system?
In China, a lot of sales are cash sales, making it very difficult for the government to track the taxes, so they created the fapiao system.

How does the scratch game work? How much can we win?
The fapiaos of entertainment have scratch games in the bottom right corner. You can scratch them with a chance to win different prizes: non-prize, 5 yuan, 10 yuan, 20 yuan, 50 yuan, 100 yuan, etc.

How does the lottery games work? How much can you win?
The fapiaos of entertainment have a second prize – lottery prize. You can check the lottery prize details on this website.

What can we do if a restaurant refuses to give you a fapiao or wants you to pay for it? Is there a phone number you can call?
Some restaurants instead of wanting to go through the legal process of paying taxes (20% of the amount spent) will offer you free gifts to settle the fapiao situation. If you request for a fapiao, but they keep on refusing you one, you can call 12315 (the hotline of Customer Guarantee Center) for Chengdu.

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on and was re-published here by kind permission.

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