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Service charge taxes

You can optionally configure a service charge to be taxed, using one or more of your existing tax rates. The following example of a service charge configuration page shows that the Taxed option is set to Yes and the Applicable Taxes option (in the Taxes section) is using the State Tax rate of 6.25% for the service charge:

The Taxes configuration option for a service charge.

When the tax is calculated on the service charge amount, the service charge tax amount is added to the check's tax amount (that is, it is included in the Tax field on the payment screen). The following two tax calculation examples show how a service charge tax is calculated depending on whether the service charge has one or two applicable tax rates.

Tax calculation example for one tax rate

If the service charge has one applicable tax rate, the tax rate is calculated on the service charge amount and then added to the check's total tax amount. This example uses the following values for the check, service charge, and tax rate:

Check total amount before service charge is applied = $50.00
Check total tax amount before service charge is applied = $2.50
Service charge fixed amount: $10.00
State tax rate: 5.00%
  1. Calculate the state tax on the service charge amount: $10.00 (service charge amount) * 5% (tax rate) = $0.50 (total service charge tax)

  2. Add the service charge tax amount to the check tax amount: $0.50 (service charge tax) + $2.50 (check tax amount) = $3.00 (total tax amount on the check)

Tax calculation example for two tax rates

If the service charge has two or more applicable tax rates, each tax rate is calculated separately on the service charge amount and then those tax amounts are added to the check's tax amount. This example uses the following values for the check, service charge, and tax rates:

Check total amount before service charge is applied = $50.00
Check total tax amount before service charge is applied = $2.50
Service charge fixed amount: $10.00
State tax rate: 5.00%
Local tax rate: 1.00%
  1. Calculate the state tax on the service charge amount: $10.00 (service charge amount) * 5% (state tax rate) = $0.50 (total state tax)

  2. Calculate the local tax on the service charge amount: $10.00 (service charge amount) * 1% (local tax rate) = $0.10 (total local tax)

  3. Add the tax amounts on the service charge: $0.50 (service charge state tax) + $0.10 (service charge local tax) = $0.60 (service charge total tax)

  4. Add the service charge total tax to the check tax amount: $0.60 (service charge total tax) + $2.50 (check tax amount) = $3.10 (total tax amount on the check)

For fixed amount and open amount service charges, the service charge amount is known before the tax is calculated. Therefore, the tax calculation is straightforward: calculate the service charge amount and then include it in the Tax field on the payment screen.

For fixed percent service charges, the Tip/Tax option (in the Tipping section of the Front of house > Order screen setup > UI options page) affects how fixed percent service charges are taxed. The option lets you specify whether a fixed percent service charge is calculated on a pre-tax basis (that is, first calculate the service charge on the net amount and then add the tax afterwards) or on a post-tax basis (that is, first add the tax to the net amount and then calculate the service charge on that amount). The calculated tax is then included in the Tax field on the payment screen.