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recibo verde

English translation: official receipt

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07:11 Oct 13, 2000
Portuguese to English translations [Non-PRO]
Bus/Financial
Portuguese term or phrase: recibo verde
Documento passado por alguém que presta um serviço em regime de trabalho liberal.
Manuel Brito
English translation:official receipt
Explanation:
There is no direct equivalent in Britain or America of the Portuguese 'recibo verde' but 'official receipt' would be understood to mean one showing tax and/or VAT (IVA) deductions.
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lexical
Spain
Local time: 21:50
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naFree-lance worker payment receiptJosé Malaquias
naINVOICExxxLia Fail
naofficial receiptlexical


  

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3 hrs
official receipt


Explanation:
There is no direct equivalent in Britain or America of the Portuguese 'recibo verde' but 'official receipt' would be understood to mean one showing tax and/or VAT (IVA) deductions.


    I passed a lot of them when I worked in Portugal!
lexical
Spain
Local time: 21:50
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 560
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5 hrs
INVOICE


Explanation:
I used to get these! When I worked in Portugal, I suddenly discovered that I was in fact 'freelance', rather than 'employed'. Nobody had bothered to clarify this little detail! (I was a teacher). And I got these green receipts. Like 'lexical'.

No equivalent. You could, depending on your context:

*Use the original term and explain it in a footnote/in parentheses, if you think it might be useful for the reader to know what a 'recibo verde' refers to (e.g. if it's an accounting document, etc
*Translate it as per lexical, OR simply as 'invoice', because that is effectively what it is. A 'receipt' is in fact, a document of far less significance - i.e. as a freelancer, I am/the tax authorities are more concerned with seeing 'invoices' (taxes are based on invoices; whether you've been paid or not is your problem)rather than 'receipts'

xxxLia Fail
Spain
Local time: 21:50
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 164
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1 day 35 mins
Free-lance worker payment receipt


Explanation:
It is rather long and pompous, but that's really what it is. Both previous explanations were correct, but a clarification is in order.
Supposedly a recibo verde is a kind of standardized receipt for free lance workers to recognize they have been paid by their clients. They were meant for such free lance jobs as lawyers, doctors, repairmen, etc., where there was not a labour contract between the client and the service provider. However, since portuguese labour law are very restrictive, many portuguese employers employ recibos verdes as a more flexible way of hiring their staff. They pretend the employees are not on their payroll, and they pay them every month a certain amount against a recibo verde, as if the workers were free lancers doing occasional jobs. This way they don't have to pay vacations, social security, and most of all they can hire and fire their workers as they please. These are known as the fake recibos verdes. They turn the supposedly most restrictive job market in Europe into the most selvatically liberal one, which explains Portugal's exceptionally low unemployment. Ironically, the portuguese government has been known to set the example many times with this unlawful practice.

José Malaquias
Portugal
Local time: 20:50
Native speaker of: Native in PortuguesePortuguese
PRO pts in pair: 30
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