Taxes by Jurisdiction, Monthly Tax Summary, Tax Lines
These reports are designed to help you narrow down your Shopify sales by state, country or city (based on either billing or shipping locations), making it much easier to report your sales tax accordingly.
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This article will therefore cover how to setup your tax reports in Report Toaster, as well as how to customize them to suit the tax requirements for your individual business.
Taxes by Jurisdiction
First of all, we'll start off with the Taxes by Jurisdiction report. This report is designed to help you break down all sales and taxes withheld by the corresponding jurisdictions.
The breakdown for each of these columns is as follows:
1.) (FILTER) Taxes, Not Equal to, 0: This filter ensures that only orders that were subject to tax are included in this report.
2.) Tax/Tax Type: The name of the particular tax.
3.) Taxable Sales: The taxable sales for the jurisdiction. This is the Taxable Net Sales**
4.) Rate: The tax rate for that particular jurisdiction, expressed as a percentage
5.) Taxes: The amount of tax withheld.
**Note that many tax authorities will ask for the gross sales (which to them means the amount collected, not including taxes). This is equivalent to the Net Sales field in Shopify.
Monthly Tax Summary
This report is designed to provide a high-level summary of your Taxes, telling you the number of orders, Net Sales, Shipping and Taxes (if applicable) for the defined period.
The breakdown for these columns is as follows:
1.) Taxable Sales: The total taxable sales numbers for each month to report to states for which you have a nexus.
2.) Non-Taxable Sales: The total non-taxable sales numbers for each month. This includes any sales that are not subject to tax (whether due to being exempt products or due to being sold in states where you lack a nexus)
Note that some states require taxes to be collected on Shipping. If so, the total shipping amounts that were taxed/non-taxed will appear in each of these columns respectively.
Finally, this report gives you the most granular view possible by providing the tax details on an order by order basis.
Most of the time, your tax reporting obligations will focus on the total amounts, so we would typically recommend using the Taxes by Jurisdiction or the Monthly Tax Summary reports respectively.
However, this report is useful if you are looking at the details for a specific order, or want to troubleshoot where you think the numbers aren't matching your expectations.
Like all Report Toaster reports, these reports are fully customizable - so you can adjust the date range, add/remove columns, introduce a filter or change the sort to suit your individual needs. See our basic guides here
for more info.
For other premium reports you can add to your account, check out our other article guides here