The Definitive Guide to Using the Fapiao System on WeChat

By Yihan Chen, July 9, 2019

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In China, there are times that you need to issue a fapiao for some reason or other. Whether you’re traveling for business or purchasing something related to your work, an official tax receipt is generally required to receive a reimbursement. But, the reality is that ordering a fapiao can be super inconvenient.

WeChat has come up with a relatively simple solution. Since we can make mobile payments, it follows that we should be able make a fapiao through our phones, right? Tencent has come up with a shortcut that can help save you time going forward.

Below, we provide a step-by-step guide to help you create a fapiao using WeChat. We hope this guide serves you well and makes your life in China that much easier.

1. Find the Mini Program

To get started, search ‘WeChat Fapiao Helper’ (微信发票助手, Weixin fapiao zhushou in pinyin) in English or Chinese in the WeChat search bar. Click on the first mini program that appears. 

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2. Edit Your Fapiao Title

If this is your first time making a fapiao on WeChat, click ‘Add Fapiao Title’ to create your tax receipt. Once you see the editing page, you have six boxes to fill out. Start off with your company’s full name (including which office branch, if necessary) before adding in your company’s tax number, company address, your phone number, bank name and your bank account. Warm reminder, make sure to double check everything you type in, especially the tax number. When you finish, click ‘save’ to store your information.

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Screengrab via 微信发票助手/WeChat

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3. Show Your Fapiao Title

Once you save your information, the mini program will automatically generate a page with your fapiao info included. You can see a QR code underneath, which also allows businesses to access your fapiao information with just a quick scan.

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Screengrab via 微信发票助手/WeChat

4. Edit and Share Your Fapiao

You can share your fapiao to WeChat friends by clicking on the small circle icon in the top right-hand corner. You can also edit or delete your fapiao by tapping on the small edit icon next to ‘company name.’

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5. Manage Your Fapiao or Check A Fapiao

If you return to the home page of WeChat Fapiao Helper, you can access your various fapiao. Furthermore, the mini program is able to check a fapiao simply by scanning the QR code.

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