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Sales Tax Calculator For Calculating Sales Taxes On Purchases

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Sales Tax Calculator

This calculator will calculate the sales tax amount on a pretax price, or calculate the sales tax portion of a tax-included price (reverse, or backwards from total). Includes a built-in State Sales Tax Rates look-up feature. Plus, the calculator will even alert you to how many hours you will need to work to pay the sales taxes. The Learn tab includes:

  • How much sales tax are you paying on your wages?
  • How to reduce your sales-tax related work-hours.
  • How to calculate sales tax.
  • Mini Sales Tax Rate Calculator.
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Selected Data Record:

A Data Record is a set of calculator entries that are stored in your web browser's Local Storage. If a Data Record is currently selected in the "Data" tab, this line will list the name you gave to that data record. If no data record is selected, or you have no entries stored for this calculator, the line will display "None".

DataData recordData recordSelected data record: None
Price:Purchase price:Purchase price:Purchase price:

Purchase price:

Enter the purchase price of the product or service (without dollar sign or comma).

Tax incl?Tax included?Sales tax included:Sales tax included in price?

Sales tax included in price?

If the price you entered above includes sales tax, move the slider button to the "Yes" position. Otherwise, if the price does not include sales tax, move the slider to the "No" position.

Sales tax %:Sales tax %:Sales tax percentage:Sales tax percentage:
Select State
Local %:

Sales tax percentage:

Enter the applicable sales tax percentage for the location you are making the purchase from. Please enter as a percentage (for .06, enter 6%).

If you're not sure what the sales tax rate is, selecting the state will enter the state rate for you, along with the average local rate. You can then edit the local rate and add it to the state rate by checking the checkbox below the local rate field.

RHW:RHW:Real hourly wage:Real hourly wage:

Real hourly wage (optional):

If you would like to see how many hours you will need to allocate to working in order to pay the sales taxes on the purchase price, enter your after-tax, after work-related-expense hourly wage (without dollar sign or comma). Clicking the link will open the Real Hourly Wage calculator in a new window.

Pretax:Pretax price:Pretax price:Pretax price:

Pretax price:

This is the purchase price before sales tax is added.

Sales tax:Sales tax:Sales tax:Sales tax:

Sales tax:

This is the estimated sales tax based on the entered sales tax percentage (the sale tax calculator rounds the raw result to the nearest penny).

Total:Total w/tax:Total price with sales tax:Total price with sales tax:

Total price with sales tax:

This is the total of the purchase price plus the estimated sales tax.

Work hrs:Work hours:Work hours to pay sales tax:Work hours needed to pay sales taxes:

Work hours needed to pay sales taxes:

If you entered your real hourly wage in the top section of the sale tax calculator, this field will show how many hours you will need to allocate to working in order to pay just the taxes on your purchase.

If you would like to save the current entries to the secure online database, tap or click on the Data tab, select "New Data Record", give the data record a name, then tap or click the Save button. To save changes to previously saved entries, simply tap the Save button. Please select and "Clear" any data records you no longer need.

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About

About the Sales Tax Calculator

This free online Sales Tax Calculator will calculate the sales taxes on the price of a product or service given a sales tax percentage (price plus tax), and if you want, will also tell you the number of hours you will need to allocate to working in order to pay for those taxes.

Plus, if the price you entered already includes sales taxes, the sale tax calculator will calculate what portion of the price is for the product or service and what portion is for sales taxes (in reverse, or backwards from total).

Of course, if you happen to live in a state that does not collect sales taxes from the businesses you purchase from (see the State Sales Tax Table on the Learn tab), then this calculator will not apply to your situation.

If you're not sure what the applicable sales tax rate for your location is, you can look up your state, county and local sales tax rates here (opens in a new window) a limited number of times for free.

Finally, users have also reported using the calculator for figuring out their Ebay and Paypal fees when doing year-end accounting for state and federal taxes, but are missing the commission fees on the invoices.

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Instructions

How to use the Sales Tax Calculator

Step #1:

Enter the purchase price of a taxable product or service.

Step #2:

Indicate whether or not sales tax is included in the entered purchase price.

Step #3:

Enter the applicable sales tax percentage for location where you are making the purchase. If you're not sure what your state's percentage is, tap the plus (+) icon to reveal a state selection box, select your state from the drop-down menu, adjust the average local rate if necessary, then place a checkmark in the local checkbox to add it to the state rate.

Step #4:

If you want the calculator to alert you to how many hours you will need to work to pay the sales taxes, enter your real hourly wage. Otherwise leave the field blank.

Step #5:

Click the "Calculate Sales Tax" button.

Saving Entries:

If your web browser supports Local Storage, you can save your entries to your web browser so won't have to start over on your next visit. Please note that your saved entries can only be retrieved from the same device and web browser you were using when you stored them. If you would like to access your saved entries from any device I invite you to subscribe to the Ad-Free Member Version.

To save your entries to your web browser, click or tap the Data tab in the Help and Tools section (mobile: top right of the main screen), select "New Data Record" from the drop-down menu, enter a name for the data record, and then tap or click the Save button.

To load previously saved entries, click or tap the Data tab and select the saved data record from the drop-down menu. You can then save any changes to your entries by simply clicking the Save button while the data record is selected.

To clear a named set of saved entries, click or tap the Data tab, select the saved data record from the drop-down menu, and then tap or click the Clear button.

Numbers and Decimals:

Only numeric characters (0-9 and decimal points) may be entered in numeric fields. Non-numeric characters (dollar signs, percent signs, commas, etc.) may cause calculation errors. If the field includes a grid icon, tapping the icon will open a popup keypad which will include only the characters allowed in the field. If your device keypad does not include a decimal point, use this popup keypad to enter decimal numbers where applicable.

Popup Tool Tips:

Tap the info (i) icons for a further explanation of each entry field (you can click [X] or outside of the pop-up tool tips to close them). A summary of these explanations, along with any additional term explanations, can also be found under the Terms tab.

Disclaimer:

Since I can't test for every possible combination of numbers, please be sure to double-check the results of this calculator yourself before considering them to be valid. If you do discover an issue with the calculated results, please report the issue using the feedback form located below the calculator.

Scrolling & Shrinking:

In order to scroll the calculator vertically you will need to swipe just outside of the calculator's dark-blue border, or use the window's far right-hand scroll bar, whichever is applicable to your device.

If the top section of the calculator becomes to tall for your viewport, tapping in the "Enter a problem..." field should reset the top section to its original height.

Disclaimer:

The Algebra Calculator is the only calculator on the site that I did not create myself. And since I did not create it, I don't have access to the code for fixing any issues you may be experiencing. So if you are having issues with the calculator, please visit the support page at Mathway.com for assistance.

Glossary

Fields, Terms, and Definitions.

Reset button:

Clicking the "Reset" button will restore the calculator to its default settings.

Pocket Calculator

Calculate any amounts needed to enter into calculator.

 

Data Management

Save and retrieve entries and notes (requires HTML5 compliant web browser).

Calculator Data

Calculator Data:

If you are using the latest version of your web browser software, this feature will allow you to save your calculator entries to your web browser's local storage in between visits. This means the calculator entries can only be recalled with the same device and web browser you were using when you saved them. If you'd like to save data between devices you will need to subscribe to the Ad-Free Member Version.

Save: To save a new set of calculator entries, select "New Data Record" from the dropdown list, enter a nickname for the data record, then click the "Save" button.

Load: To load a previously saved set of calculator entries, simply select the name of the data record from the dropdown list.

Save Changes: To save changes to a set of previously saved calculator entries, be sure the name of the data record is selected, and then click the "Save" button.

Clear: To clear a saved set of entries, be sure the name of the data record is selected, and then click the "Clear" button.

Backup Data
My Notes:
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Help and Tools

Help and Tools:

This section, which you can Unstick or Hide in the Calculator Preferences (just above the top of the calculator), contains the following tabs (content too long to fit within bordered frame can be scrolled up and down):

About: Click this tab for an introduction to the calculator.

Instructions: Click this tab for step-by-step instructions for using the calculator.

Terms: Click this tab for a list of the descriptions that are located within each popup help button (info icons).

PCalc: Click this tab for a handy "pocket" calculator you can use when you need to calculate an entry needed for the calculator.

Data: Click this tab to save a set of entries or a note in between visits. Entries and notes will be stored to your web browser's local storage (if supported by your browser of choice), meaning they can only be recalled with the same device and web browser you were using when you saved them. If you'd like to save entries and notes between devices you can do so by subscribing to the Ad-Free Member Version.

 

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Adjust Calculator Width:

Move the slider to left and right to adjust the calculator width. Note that the Help and Tools panel will be hidden when the calculator is too wide to fit both on the screen. Moving the slider to the left will bring the instructions and tools panel back into view.

Also note that some calculators will reformat to accommodate the screen size as you make the calculator wider or narrower. If the calculator is narrow, columns of entry rows will be converted to a vertical entry form, whereas a wider calculator will display columns of entry rows, and the entry fields will be smaller in size ... since they will not need to be "thumb friendly".

Show/Hide Popup Keypads:

Select Show or Hide to show or hide the popup keypad icons located next to numeric entry fields. These are generally only needed for mobile devices that don't have decimal points in their numeric keypads. So if you are on a desktop, you may find the calculator to be more user-friendly and less cluttered without them.

Stick/Unstick Tools:

Select Stick or Unstick to stick or unstick the help and tools panel. Selecting "Stick" will keep the panel in view while scrolling the calculator vertically. If you find that annoying, select "Unstick" to keep the panel in a stationary position.

If the tools panel becomes "Unstuck" on its own, try clicking "Unstick" and then "Stick" to re-stick the panel.