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A General Receipt, often simply known as a "Receipt", is a document by which a person or business provides written acknowledgement that they received something from another person or business.
Receipts are most often used in situations of sale, such as a sale of goods or the provision of services. Receipts may also be provided for documents and monetary transactions (such as the fulfilment of a debt or other obligation) as well as charitable donations.
If a Rent Receipt is required, we have a separate Rent Receipt document available for a landord to provide a receipt for a payment of rent monies.
If a Tax Invoice is required, we have a separate Tax Invoice document available for download.
Alternatively, if the person preparing this document wants to confirm that ownership of a good or goods has also been transferred from the seller to the buyer, consider using our Bill of Sale document. A bill of sale acts as a proof of purchase, and confirms that the buyer has paid for the goods, and is now the owner of the goods.
Receipts are generally simple in form and only require very basic information about the transaction between the parties.
How to use this document
This General Receipt can be used for any type of receipt that may be required. The most common types of receipt are provided as options, namely, Monetary Receipt, Goods Receipt, Services Receipt, Document Receipt, or Donation Receipt. For situations where another type of receipt is required, there is an option for "Other type of Receipt", allowing any type of receipt to be created.
This document should be completed in full and printed, then signed by the issuer of the receipt. The issuer of the receipt may wish to take a copy for their records. The original signed receipt should then be given to the recipient.
It is also good practice to ask for the receipt to be signed by the individual being issued with the receipt as this will confirm the statements set out in the receipt.
In relation to preparing a general receipt, there are some important considerations. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission provides some guidance.
Please note that if a tax invoice is required, then we have a separate Tax Invoice document which may be used. The Australian Taxation Office provides guidance in relation to tax invoices.
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