Manage your EU taxes

After you update your store to use the new EU tax features, you can manage your tax settings, including your registrations, overrides, and customer exemptions.

Manage the regions in which you're registered

You can edit your registrations at any time to add, delete, or change your registrations or account numbers.

Steps:

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Settings > Taxes.
  2. In the Tax regions section, beside European Union, click Set up or Edit.
  3. In the VAT registrations section, do either of the following:
    1. To set up a new VAT registration, click Add VAT registration.
    2. To edit an existing VAT registration, click the ... button next to the region you want to edit.
  4. Update your regions and account numbers.
  5. Click Save.

Override taxes

Sometimes the default tax rates don't apply to certain products. For example, certain types of children's clothing might be exempt from tax or have a lower tax rate. If the default rates don't apply, then you need to create an override.

Create a product tax override

Creating an override for products is a two-step process. First, you create a collection that includes the products that have a different tax rate. Then you specify to which region the override applies and its rate.

Steps:

  1. Create a collection by doing the following:

    1. From your Shopify admin, go to Products > Collections.
    2. Click Create collection, and then enter a name for it.
    3. Under Collection type, select Manual
    4. Click Save collection.
  2. Create the override by doing the following:

    1. From your Shopify admin, go to Settings > Taxes.
    2. In the Tax regions section, click Edit beside the appropriate country name.
    3. In the Tax overrides section, click Add a product override.
    4. Select the collection.
    5. Select the region where the override applies.
    6. Enter the tax rate for the collection in that region.
    7. Click Save.

Manage your tax calculations

You can manage various settings that determine how tax is calculated on your products. For example, you can set whether taxes are included in your prices, whether to charge VAT on digital goods, and whether to apply tax to shipping costs. You manage these settings on the Taxes settings page. Refer to Tax overrides and exemptions to learn more.

Steps:

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Settings > Taxes.
  2. In the Tax calculations section, select the options that apply.
  3. Click Save.

Tax rounding

Previously, Shopify rounded taxes at the invoice level by calculating the taxes on the order's subtotal, and then rounding the results. After you update your settings to use the EU tax features, tax amounts are rounded at the line-item level. In this case, the total tax value is calculated by applying the tax rate to each line in the order, rounding the result, and then adding these subtotals together to arrive at the total value of the order.

Rounding taxes at the line level improves the calculation of different tax rates, and makes it easier to calculate taxes for orders that include taxable and non-taxable products.

Example

Suppose a customer places an order for 42 different items, each with a price of €14.99 and subject to 13% tax. The line item tax for each product is determined by multiplying the price (€14.99) by the tax rate (0.13), for a result of €1.9487.

Previously, the tax of each line item would be added together, and the total would be rounded. In this example, the added total would be €81.8454, which would round to €81.85.

Shopify now rounds tax amounts at the line-item level, which means the tax amount is rounded for every product individually. The line-item tax amount of €1.9487 is rounded to €1.95, which is then added together to get the total. In this case, the tax total would be €81.90.

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