Manage sales tax easily

Automatically calculate sales tax on transactions, and use reports to prepare sales tax returns.

Sales tax

Customize sales tax rates

Set up as many sales tax rates as you need.

Automated calculations

sales tax on transactions is recorded for you.

Prepare sales tax returns

Use the sales tax report to complete a return.

Customize sales tax rates

Default sales tax rates are set up, initially to 0%, for tax on purchases, sales, and imports, and tax exempt.

  • Add or amend the default tax rates
  • Set up as many tax rates and components as required
  • Alter the tax rate on any line item if needed
A list of tax rates in the Xero application, with the 'Tax exempt' and 'Tax on goods' options highlighted.

Automated calculations

Calculate sales tax on each line item in your invoices, quotes, purchase orders and bills.

  • The tax rate selected for each item is used to calculate sales tax
  • Sales tax on a transaction can be tax inclusive or exclusive, or no tax
  • Set up default rates for contacts, inventory items, and accounts
A consultant speaks to a client, with the tax rate option 'Tax on consulting' highlighted.

Prepare sales tax returns

Run the sales tax report to gather information for completing sales tax forms for a selected tax period.

  • Get a summary of taxes by rate, component or account type
  • View an audit report to see the individual transactions
  • Sales tax figures can be generated using the cash or accrual basis
The sales tax summary report in Xero, with a summary of taxes by tax component.

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