Last updated 12/01/2021
Once you have downloaded your Alternative Tax Rates from Xero, you will need to decide how to assign them.
The ultimate goal here is to set up a logical system, so that the line items you import into Xero are taxed at the correct tax rate.
You will find documented below each possible way of automating Alternative Tax Rate assignments. It is also possible to manually override Alternative Tax Rates, and we have documented this as well.
Because it is only possible to assign one Alternative Tax Rate to a line item, Cin7 has a system of prioritization, explained at the bottom of this page.
You can apply an Alternative Tax Rate to individual contacts.
When adding a Customer or Vendor with an Alternative Tax Rate to a transaction, the specified tax rate will automatically apply to all the products in the transaction.
This means that unless otherwise specified, all products within this transaction will be taxed at the same tax rate.
You can apply an Alternative Tax Rate so that sales from different branches are taxed with the same tax rate. This is particularly useful if you have multiple retail stores.
To apply an Alternative Tax Rate at a branch level:
Each sale is taxed based on the Tax Status setting in the branch contact. This happens at the time of import - so unlike customers above, it is not visible in the actual transactions within Cin7. Branch level Alternative Tax Rate is applied unless otherwise defined at the order level. See priorities below.
You may choose to assign Alternative Tax Rate manually at the time of sale, either to override automatic assignments or just to apply the Alternative Tax Rate on a case by case basis.
There are two places you can do this:
To apply an Alternative Tax Rate to an entire order, click on the Alternative Tax Rate dropdown and choose from the list. This will apply one specific tax rate to all line items in the order.
In a transaction, you can choose an Alternative Tax Rate for each line item by clicking into the Account column and then selecting from the dropdown list that appears.
When an Alternative Tax Rate is applied in multiple places, the Tax Rate that is ultimately applied is decided by the priority below (1 being the highest):
Let's say you have assigned Branch X to the Tax Rate 'GST (15%)'. You also assigned Customer Y to Tax Rate 'GST Free 0%' prior to this. When you sell to Customer Y from Branch X Tax rate 'GST Free 0%' will be applied because ultimately the Customer has a higher priority.
This may happen if your Tax Rate name is too long; the best thing to do is use a naming scheme that allows you to easily see the right account from the first few characters e.g. "GST" "No GST".
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