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Properly account for separate tax rates (Sales tax by State and Province)

Posted: October 2, 2018 at 11:13 am


October 2, 2018 at 11:13 am

Event Espresso supports global tax rates – that is, a single value that can be applied to individual tickets. We sell tickets across Canada and a few US states simultaneously to multiple events. Obviously, there are many different state/provincial level tax rates, and when income tax time comes, and we report our tax collected to our accountants – it’s confusing to everyone involved how to figure out the tax collected across all of the tickets sold in all the different states. We have been using the work-around – which is to charge tax as a % surcharge on each ticket – however from an accounting perspective, it’s a pain, and we’re getting audited every quarter now because of this.

If you sell tickets to multiple tax regions at the same time, you can’t use Event Espresso’s single global tax value for them, because it would have to change depending on the location of the event.


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October 3, 2018 at 8:04 am

Hi Pete,

I’m sorry to hear that you’re getting audited every quarter. One thing that some have done to simplify things is install Event Espresso 4 onto a WordPress multisite network and have one site for each Province. This way each site handles only the events within the venues for that province, and the tax rates are properly accounted for.

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