Before you configure Sales tax:

  1. Ensure that the Sales Tax addon is installed and enabled.
  2. Ensure that each of the products in your store that needs the sales tax to be applied to has a tax class assigned to it. You can create your custom tax classes or use the “Default tax class” that is assigned to all products by default.  See:
  3. Ensure that your store has all the necessary address zones configured. You will need these zones to use different tax rates based on the customer address. See:
  4. If you need different tax rates for different customer membership levels, ensure that the necessary user membership levels are set up. See:

To configure a Sales tax taxation in your store, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the Sales tax tab of the Taxes section (Store setup > Taxes) in the X-Cart admin area. tax-sales.png

  2. Configure the tax options in the Common tax settings section: tax-sales-common-settings.png

    • Tax title : Use this field to enter a general name describing the type of tax applied to orders in your store. This name will show on your store’s checkout and on your customers’ invoices. Suggested values for this field include Tax, Sales Tax, GST and the like.
    • Use the same tax rates for all user membership levels : Use this check-box to specify whether tax calculation rules for the tax you are configuring should be the same for all customers, irrespective of their membership, or should they be different depending on the users’ membership. If the rules need to be the same for all buyers, enable the option by selecting the respective check box. If the tax rate calculation will depend on the membership levels, leave this check box unselected.
    • Address for sales tax calculation : Use this selectbox to specify the address type your sales tax calculation will be based on. The available options here are Shipping address and Billing address. The address type you select here will be used to determine the customer’s zone, which in its turn will be used to determine the tax rate that needs to be applied.
  3. Set up one or more tax calculation rules:

    • If you need tax rates to be applied to the cost of the products in a customer’s order (product subtotal or discounted subtotal), or to the cost of the products plus shipping (subtotal + shipping cost or discounted subtotal + shipping cost), set up tax rates using the General tax rates section:

      1. Use the Taxable base selector to specify the type of costs that will be the basis of your tax rates calculation. tax-sales-taxable-base.png The available options are as follows:
        • Subtotal + Shipping cost;
        • Discounted subtotal + Shipping cost;
        • Subtotal;
        • Discounted subtotal;
        • Individual settings for every rate.

        For example, if you select “Discounted subtotal + Shipping cost”, your tax rate amounts will be calculated as percentages of the sum of the product subtotal after the application of discounts and the estimated product shipping cost. 

        If you need multiple tax rates calculated based on different types of costs, select the last option - Individual settings for every rate. Selecting this option adds a selector with the first four options from the above list for each of your tax rates allowing you to specify a taxable base for every tax rate individually.

      2. In the General tax rates section below, add the tax rates you require.  tax-sales-general-rates.png For more info, see Setting up Sales Tax Rates.
    • If you need tax rates to be applied to shipping charges follow the steps described in Sales Tax on Shipping Charges.

  4. Make sure sales tax calculation is enabled in your store. This is controlled by the On/Off button to the right of the Tax title field. When the sales tax calculation is enabled, the On/Off icon on the button is green. tax-sales-enabled.png

  5. Click the Save changes button at the bottom of the page to save the changes.

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