How do you enter US tax rates in ecommerce?

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  1. Soapmarine

    Soapmarine New Member

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    hello everyone,

    I'm confused about US tax rates. How do you personally enter them for the client when you setup ecommerce? Appreciate your advice. Thank you.
     
  2. Edge

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    Any particular ecommerce?
     
  3. Soapmarine

    Soapmarine New Member

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    I'm using Woocommerce, Edge.
     
  4. Edge

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    In left sidebar - Woocommerce > Settings then click on Tax tab
     
  5. Soapmarine

    Soapmarine New Member

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    Edge, my question is not how to use Woocommerce but how effectively setup different tax rates for different areas. I encountered a dilemma of entering too many lines of taxes for each and every city, it's not efficient for me. I'm looking for an advise to do it in a wise manner.
     
  6. Edge

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    You seem to be drip feeding the necessary information that would elicit the wise advice you require - anything else we need to know?
     
  7. Soapmarine

    Soapmarine New Member

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    I apologize, Edge, for being rude. I did not mean it.

    I start from the beginning. I'd like to setup in Woocommerce the tax rates for US. The only way to do it as I see is to enter hundreds of lines of zipcodes and particular rates for them. But there has to be a clever human way to do that.

    Also, I tried to find complete list of zipcode for Chicago and everytime it's not complete. Maybe there is trusted source somewhere for webdevelopers to have them.

    It's even more complicated for me, as I'm EU citizen and I have to learn how it works in US.

    I would appreciate if somebody could share this information with me.
    Thank you.
     
  8. krymson

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    You shouldnt have to go by zipcode... you should go by state sales tax rates... not individual areas...
     
  9. Soapmarine

    Soapmarine New Member

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    Krymson, not by city sale rate? In Illinois the city rate varies pretty high :confused:
     
  10. krymson

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    I know in my business I go by state sales tax... if you're an out of state business person and you have to charge sales tax, you go by their state sales tax, not by zip, county, city or anything like that. As a business owner you pay the state and city the local taxes at the end of the month but you don't charge a different rate per area.
     
  11. Soapmarine

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    So, in Woocommerce you just use simply a separate rate by state, that it is. And clients don't ask to have separate rates working for different cities?
     
  12. krymson

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    That's correct, because outside people are supposed to go by state, not city, county, zip... that would just be way too much for retailers to keep up with
     
  13. Jewel

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    I used woocommerce before and you can upload the tax rates via csv. Luckily a friend of mine did it originally and exported the csv file for me. Now, I keep it handy and reuse it every time.
    Maybe you can search for an excel file with tax rates from somewhere and just change the fields so you can upload it.

    But no guys, you are supposed to go by city because for example Vista, Ca has a city tax that is .25% higher. Just fyi.
     
  14. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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  15. Jewel

    Jewel New Member

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    Well, ok I guess technically you are supposed to charge tax for shipments that go to an address in your state. No tax for out of state.
    Of course, many people get away with not charging tax and not paying it either but in this case, we don't really know who the client is, right?

    I have made e-commerce sites for brick and mortar jewelry stores who also sell online. If you have a legitimate business and don't want to risk getting into trouble, you will probably have to charge tax.
     

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