Is a business legally obligated to provide receipt and not just credit card slip?

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Is a business legally obligated to provide receipt and not just credit card slip?

My child attends an art class at a private art school in her after school time. We can claim that as child care expense, so we need receipt for it. We only request that once a year with the total yearly charge. However, recently that business said they will charge money for producing year-end tax receipt because it needs them extra time to calculate the totals, print the letters etc. Is a business allowed to charge money for that? Then I asked, every month when I pay, they should provide me a receipt, right?

they said they can provide the credit card receipt, but not a receipt which lists what the service is. I wonder is a business legally required to provide a receipt listing the services? Am I entitled to get a receipt for what I paid for?

Asked on January 30, 2017 under Business Law, Washington

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, the law does not require a business like this to provide a  receipt beyond the credit card receipt; itemized lists or descriptions of the service(s) are not required. You may need to use an alternative means to provide the documentation you need: e.g. a combination of credit card receipts (showing the amount of payment, and to whom) and marketing materials or brochures from the school (showing what they do) are one possibility.


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