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Posted: September 26, 2014 at 7:16 pm


September 26, 2014 at 7:16 pm

What is the best way to stop EE4 from charging tax? The payment option is strictly offsite Paypal.

Lorenzo Orlando Caum

  • Support Staff

September 27, 2014 at 9:52 am


The free version of Event Espresso 4 decaf does not have a tax option.

The regular version of Event Espresso 4 has a pricing page where you can adjust the tax rate:

If you are seeing additional taxes even after making these changes in your version of Event Espresso 4, then your PayPal account may have taxes setup:



October 3, 2014 at 7:30 am

Thanks for the response. I have a Button created in Paypal that does not charge tax. What file would I access to edit the Paypal code in the Event Espresso checkout that currently defaults to linking it to the standard Paypal checkout (which does charge tax) in order to have it go to a specific checkout?

Lorenzo Orlando Caum

  • Support Staff

October 3, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Hi, A built in tax option is not available in Event Espresso 4 decaf. Are you using Event Espresso decaf or the regular version?

If you are on the decaf version, then you’ll need to setup taxes through your PayPal account:



October 14, 2014 at 10:08 am

Lorenzo –

I have a separate PAYPAL button set up in PAYPAL that DOES NOT charge tax. My question is how I edit the Event Espresso Check Out to link to THAT button versus just the STANDARD LINK to PAYPAL CHECKOUT that is currently in Event Espresso? I currently have both taxable and nontaxable items so when someone goes in through the default Paypal it will charge a tax and this specific event is non taxable which is why I created a separate check out in Paypal. Thanks.

Lorenzo Orlando Caum

  • Support Staff

October 14, 2014 at 12:32 pm


Here are the tax options that are available for EE4:

Event Espresso 4 decaf – does not have a tax option. It will use your tax options in your PayPal account.

Event Espresso 4 – does have a tax option. It will also use your tax option in your PayPal account.

With this information in mind, if you have enabled taxes on an account level over on (, then it will charge taxes for all payments received through the PayPal Classic API.

Event Espresso uses the PayPal Classic API to transfer the registration information and pricing information to


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