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Ministry: No receipt, no thank you

A law is in the works that would require vendors to offer customers with a receipt whenever money changes hands, in an effort to help keep sales on the books.

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The Ministry of Employment and the Economy is looking into whether issuing receipts can be made mandatory for small businesses. Officials still have several details to iron out before moving ahead with the proposal, such as how to monitor that receipts are issued and determining appropriate penalties for rule breakers.  

“Already now everyone can help combat the underground economy by always requesting a receipt,” said the proposal's architect, Labour Minister Lauri Ihalainen.

The bill is expected to come before the legislature early next year.  

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