Today I picked up the cash portion of my pay. here at Ctrip.com we foreigners have two different forms of payment:
1) Taxable income that is wired in
2) non-taxable income that is given in cash
The non-taxable income is basically our rent. In the initial negotiations with HR, we were going to hand them a wad of receipts for all manner of things, but when they realized that that would add hours into their workday, they said just hand us a rent receipt and that’s cool.
So in China its pretty normal to have your landlord give you a receipt above and beyond what you actually pay, because the more you can claim the less taxes you pay. And it doesn’t hurt them because I have to pay for the rent receipt.