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Rules for keeping your receipt when you buy things in Italy

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Recently I put up a thread called "Shopping in Italy: Know the Rules" and it was brought to my attention today by another poster that what I posted was incorrect.

I posted that if you cannot produce a receipt for something you bought, showing you were charged and paid the tax on it, you could be fined.

This isn't true. It is good to keep the receipt, because the local tax authorities, who sometimes patrol shopping districts and outlet malls, do have the right to stop you and ask to see it. But even if the receipt shows you didn't pay any tax (or you don't have it), you won't be fined.

I thank A_Brit_in_Ischia for coming up with the correct information. Although the fine was abolished some years ago, I guess the tax authorities haven't done much to publicize the repeal (clever of them). The incorrect information appears in many guidebooks and even recent news reports cited it, so I am sorry i repeated it here without realizing that the fine was no longer a threat to shoppers.

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