To learn more about Tax Type and Tax calculations, skip to the "How Tax Rate is Calculated" section of this article.
Where to Locate Tax Rate
Tax rate can be set at a venue level in the Org Settings so that any time an event is created at that venue the Tax Rate is automatically applied.
On an individual event, Tax Rate can be found in the Event Settings by going to the three dot menu in the top right corner of the event and selecting Event Settings.
How Tax Rate is Calculated
There are two ways that Sales Tax could be calculated depending on your State or County requirements. The most common Tax Rate calculation is the Divisor calculation but some counties use a Multiplier calculation.
If the Divisor Tax Type is selected and a tax rate is entered, tax will be calculated as follows:
(Total Gross minus (Total Facility Fees and Pre-Settlement Fees))minus [(Total Gross minus Total Facility Fees and Pre-Settlement Fees)/((1+(Tax Rate/100))]
Check out the example below using the Divisor Tax Type:
($34,500 - ($1,050+$5,250)) - [($34,500 - ($1,050+$5,250))/((1+(5/100))]= $1,342.86
Why do we calculate tax like this?
It's not uncommon for promoters to mistakenly calculate tax by multiplying the total gross by the tax rate itself.
For example, to calculate the 10% of tax on $1,000, some people will simply enter 1,000 * .10 to get $100. The problem here is that part of the $1,000 has tax built into it, so you need to remove that tax before you calculate the total tax owed - otherwise, you're paying tax on tax.
So in this same example, the proper divisor calculation would be: $1,000 - ($1,000/1.10) = $90.90.
If the Multiplier Tax Type is selected and a tax rate is entered, tax will be calculated as follows:
[Total Gross minus (Total Facility Fees and Pre-Settlement Fees)] * (Tax Rate/100)
Check out the example below using the Multiplier Tax Type:
[$34,500-($1,050+$5,250)]*(5/100) = $1,410
Multiple Tax Calculations
Some cases with multiple tax rates may be able to be addressed with a combination of the Tax Rate plus a Pre-settlement fee. A Percentage of Gross Pre-settlement fee calculation is available on the Tickets tab of every event. The Percentage of Gross Pre-settlement fee is calculated as Total Gross Ticket Revenue - (Total Gross Ticket Revenue/ (1+(Amount/100)) which is similar to the Divisor formula described above. You may be able to add one tax as the event's Sales Tax rate and the other as a pre-settlement fee.
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