Beijing Shopping Centers Issue Unrelated Invoices for Moon Cakes
    2013-09-06 13:16:24     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: ZhangPeng
As the traditional mid-autumn festival approaches, many moon-cake sellers are providing office supplies invoices to customers in the hope of promoting sales, according to a report by Beijing News.

The photo taken on September 5 shows the office supplies invoice provided by the shopping centers for purchasing moon cakes. [Photo: Beijing News/Ling Ning]

As the traditional mid-autumn festival approaches, many moon-cake sellers are providing office supplies invoices to customers in the hope of promoting sales, according to a report by Beijing News.

In the majority of shopping malls in Beijing, customers are allowed to choose any type of invoice they desire when purchasing moon cakes. Many customers apply for invoices related to office supplies when purchasing moon cakes to help evade taxes by their companies or work units.

"We can provide you with an office supplies invoice when you purchase moon cakes. What the you need to do is buy just one pen when you pay for the moon cakes," said a member of staff from the North Start Shopping Center in Beijing.

Similar to the situation in the North Start Shopping Center, customers in the Lotus Shopping Center in the Beiyuan distinct of Beijing can also receive an office supplies invoice when purchasing moon cakes. "We can provide you with extra invoices if you buy a large amount of moon cakes," said one staff member at the Lotus Shopping Center.

Invoices for moon cakes are being issued as invoices for office supplies, labor protection appliances and gifs. For instance, the nvoice provided to those who purchase moon cakes can be issued as invoices covering the cost of a dozen printers, according to a member of staff from a moon cake shop.

The cost of food or items such as moon cakes recorded by a company can only be recorded in that company's balance sheet as employee benefits, which belongs to the income of the company. However, if companies ask for invoices which cover the cost of office supplies, the cost will be presented on the company's balance sheet as expenditure. This will reduce the amount of income tax that the company has to pay according to an officer from the national taxation bureau in Beijing.

The officer also noted that it is illegal for retailers to provide invoices for goods which do not relate to the actual item being sold and as a result retailers are subject to administrative punishment.

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