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problem with VAT & ticket price on payment options page

Posted: February 5, 2018 at 5:34 am


February 5, 2018 at 5:34 am


I have a question regarding ticket prices and VAT and how they appear on the registration pages.

Eg.: I have an event with a ticket that costs 15 EUR (net price). I would like to apply a 6% VAT tax so that the total price is 15.9 EUR (gross price).

I don’t know how to do that.

For the moment, I’m using the Percentage Surcharge price modifier (see screenshot #1), but it doesn’t display correctly on payment options page (see screenshot #2). In fact, on the payment options page, I see 3 numbers:
> the ticket price: 15.9 EUR (… it should be 15 EUR)
> the surcharge: 0.9 EUR (correct)
> and then the total price: 15.9 EUR (correct).

I think the first number is not correct as it displays the total price (ticket + surcharge) instead of the price of the ticket.

Where can I change this?

Thanks for your help 🙂



  • Support Staff

February 6, 2018 at 11:14 am

Hi Paulina,

You can set up a Tax default price, then set the ticket price as taxable, and the prices will display the way you expect them to.

First, you set up the Tax default price by going to Event Espresso > Pricing, then you click “Add New Default Price”. There you’ll set the Type to one of the available Tax options, and set the Amount field to 6, the click Save.

Second, when you set pricing within the event, you’ll click on the Advanced Settings for the ticket, then you check the box next to “This ticket is taxable”. You can remove any price modifiers there as well.


February 7, 2018 at 3:03 am

Thank you very much for this! Now it works 🙂

Just one more question: I have events that are organised in different countries and they are taxed differently (eg. event 01 is taxed 6% and event 02 is taxed 21%). Is there a way to aplly different tax to different events?




  • Support Staff

February 7, 2018 at 3:44 pm

Hi Paulina,

I’m afraid there isn’t actually a way to apply different tax rates to different events.


February 8, 2018 at 8:11 am

Hi Josh,
Thank you for your reply.
… Maybe there is a way to “cheat” a bit using the price modifiers?
That would sort out my problem if I could get the payment options page display my prices correctly (after I apply a surcharge on a given ticket).
Is there any custom function that would fix this page?

Thank you.


  • Support Staff

February 8, 2018 at 8:23 am

Hi Paulina,

I’m afraid there isn’t a custom function that will change the way line items are shown on the checkout page.

One thing that you can do is remove the sub line items completely by adding the following:


You can add the above to a functions plugin or into your WordPress theme’s functions.php file. What that will do is remove any surcharge line items from the display.

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