Receipts, as a document, serve as proof. Suppose a man hires a gas man to make a new connection at his house. Both agree that the payment will be made in two installments: when the homeowner pays the first, the gas company gives him a receipt that works as a record. On the paper you can read: “I received from Mr. X the sum of Y pesos in concept of”. In this way, in the event of a possible demand by the gas for an alleged lack of payment, the person who contracted the service can show the receipt, which must be signed by the person who keeps the money.

There are different formats of receipts. In some cases, the same receipt is completed in duplicate, leaving one copy for the one who pays and one for the one who gets the money. In other cases, an invoice can serve as a receipt.

The difference between the invoice and the receipt, in any case, is important, since the receipts generally do not have fiscal value or function as a receipt linked to a tax. There are other related terms, which are also generally perceived as synonyms by the general public, although an entrepreneur must understand them perfectly to try to run their business with the greatest possible transparency and legality.

A payment certificate serves to legitimize that you have paid for a service or product. Sometimes it also has the function of fiscal control.

There are different types depending on the format, if it is registered, and other characteristics:

  • Invoice or payment invoice: these are the data of the sender and the recipient, the details of the products and services supplied, the unit prices, the total prices, the discounts and the taxes.
  • Boleto or ticket: they are usually printed by a fiscal printer (where it is registered) on a roll of paper (which is then manually or automatically cut) with a width considerably smaller than the invoices. Each ticket is recorded in the printer’s memory automatically. In Argentina, those with a fiscal printer must print tickets without exception (there is no minimum amount).
  • Voucher or receipt of payment: the data of the check issued in favor of a person or company, and the detail of the invoices or services that are paid with this issued check, who operates it, who reviews it, who receives it according to with the description, date of reception, description of the invoices (numbers paid), total prices, discounts and taxes. It is used to record by a company what was paid or done with the issuance of said check that is on the copy of the voucher.