How to configure Sales Tax – How to start your own Online Store

How to configure Sales Tax

How to configure Sales Tax – How to start your own Online Store

Most countries in the world have a tax regime to pay for Government and Public expenditures. It is a compulsory charge levied by the Government on an Individual or an Organisation. Failure to comply with this requirement is punishable by law. As an eCommerce store owner please ensure that you comply with your local tax laws. As for your online store is concerned, you can choose to include the taxes in the prices of your products or calculate them separately and in doing so, you can also choose to display the taxes in the product catalog or not.

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How to set Product Tax rates for Ecommerce

We will in this article show you step by step how to create tax rates and assign them to Products.

How to start your own Online Store How to configure Sales Tax

Total Time Needed :

30

Minutes

Total Cost:

0

USD

Required Tools:

– A Computer.
– Our Ecommerce Shopping Cart

Things Needed?

– Product Tax Rates

Steps to create Product tax rates

Step 1

Login to your My Products Dashboard.

Step 2

Create Tax Rates.

Step 3

Assign tax rates to products.

How to create Tax Category

In the previous article on how to start your own online store we saw to how to configure some basic first time setup for your online store. In this article we will see how to configure Sales Tax.
 
Login to your Just IT Hositng account, if you are already logged in please ignore this step. In the My Products dashboard, under Websites, click on the Manage button next to Website builder Online store. (Refer Fig. 01 – How to start your own Online Store – First Time Setup). In the new window that opens up click on Store – Settings – Tax 

Fig. 01: How to configure Sales Tax
Fig. 01: How to configure Sales Tax

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For the purposes of this demo, we have already created a Tax profile considering the case of Indian GST, where we have different Tax rates for different products.
 
If you want to create your own Tax profile, click on the Add button.
 
In the ‘Add Tax Rate’ window that opens up, select your Country, State, enter a display name for your Sales Tax and and enter your Tax Identification number(GST number in case of India).
 
Next click on ‘Create Tax Category’. For easy indentification purposes we have named the Tax category after the Tax rates. Enter the corresponding Tax rates in the appropriate fields. You can choose to include the Tax in the Product price or calculate them separately by unchecking ‘My Prices already include Tax’. Click on Save. 

Fig. 02: How to configure Sales Tax
Fig. 02: How to configure Sales Tax

How to set Product Tax Class

The Sales Tax information you entered in the previous step will be used during the product creation process where you will have to select the Tax category based on the Tax rate of the product. If you have entered all the Tax related information correctly in the previous step, you will not have to look back on this step again. You can choose not to display the taxes in the product catalog and single product page by unchecking ‘Show in Store.’

Fig. 03: How to configure Sales Tax
Fig. 03: How to configure Sales Tax

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Display Sales Tax on the StoreFront

You can see that the Tax rate is not displayed to the customer in the product catalog and in the Shopping cart.

Fig. 04: How to configure Sales Tax
Fig. 04: How to configure Sales Tax

The Tax rates are displayed to the customer during the Checkout process in Step 2 (Shipping & Payments) 

Fig. 05: How to configure Sales Tax
Fig. 05: How to configure Sales Tax

And during Step 3 (Order Confirmation). 

Fig. 06: How to configure Sales Tax
Fig. 06: How to configure Sales Tax

Sales Tax FAQ’s

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Hi, I’m Ahmed. A Tech Enthusiast and like to build simple websites and online stores for Startups, Business Builders and people who want to grow and do business online. I like to write about Content Management Systems, ECommerce Shopping carts, hosting environment in a simple step by step do-it-yourselves fashion so that you do not have to look for HELP. My other interests involve working on Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Windows & Linux Server Operating Systems, Linux Distributions, Networking and SAN Boxes.

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