Good afternoon, Cozy2.
Thanks for reaching out for support here in the Community. I want to make sure you're able to use custom sales tax rates in your QuickBooks Online account.
These can be set up in the sales tax settings area of your account. Here's how to get there:
The following linked article provides even more info about using custom rates to manually calculate taxes on invoices or receipts.
If you're still unable to see this custom option in your tax settings, I recommend clearing the browser cache as an initial troubleshooting step. The cache is in place to make loading web pages quicker and easier but can cause an adverse effect if it becomes too full. Clearing it helps to resolve viewing and performance errors within the system. This post offers the steps to get this done depending on which browser you're using: Clear cache and cookies to fix issues when using QuickBooks Online
With these details you'll have the custom sales tax rate set up and ready to go in no time. Feel free to reach back out if you have any other questions. I'll be here to help.
I cleared the cache and logged off and on QBO. To no avail, I can still not see custom rates in the sales tax settings. This seems to be a bug. I did log into Safari. I am using Chrome. Here is a print screen of what I am seeing.
This is quite frustrating. I have spent over eight hours on this issue already with QBO cust service.
This solution did not resolve the issue. This seems to be a bug. Please advise, as I have called the QBO help line repeatedly with no resolution. I have spent over 8 hours with your support. I have an open case, [removed]. I need to be able to collect the 4% sales tax in the state of WY. That works fine. However, as a lodging property, I need to collect an additional 7% tax. Per your instructions, I should have a custom rate functionality to set up that custom sales tax in the sales tax settings screen. However, all I have is blank under the tax entity.
Thanks for adding all the details about your situation, Cozy2.
To verify, are you subscribed to QuickBooks Online Simple Start? If so, this version doesn't have the Custom rates option in the Sales Tax settings.
Here's a sample screenshot to see the sales tax page comparison:
You'll want to upgrade your plan to Essentials or Plus by following these steps:
Once done, you can go to Taxes > Sales Tax > Sales Tax Settings and start adding the Custom rates.
I've got these articles that you can use as a guide:
Please don't hesitate to reach out to me again if you have any additional questions or other concerns. I'll be around to help you out. Have a good day ahead.
Thank you for the explanation. I’ve spent Eight hours with customer service who repeatedly told me this was not an upgrade situation and that my simple start should have accessibility to set up custom rates. I find it ridiculous that something as basic as a business needing to put in manual rates is not a basic service, I used QuickBooks desktop for decades and this is a standard option as each business may have municipal, county, or state taxes they have to account for. QuickBooks has never claimed to be a tax expert and should either allow us to override the automation of tax rates or give the custom rates as a manual option to ALL users. Your new automated tax system in QBO must allow all users to be able to manually adjust rates. Sales tax is a very fluid and ever-changing target. There is no way QuickBooks can keep up on all the changes and so business owners need to have the ability to override and change tax rates either by the entity or as a custom rate option.
I appreciate your time getting back here, Cozy2.
Spending a lot of time to get this sorted is not the experience we want to give our customers. I'll be sure to pass on what you have told me here to our Product Development Team.
For now, you can follow the steps I've shared above on how you can obtain the Custom rates option.
If there's anything else you need, you can always reach out to me. I'd be glad to give details and steps to help you out. Keep safe!
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sales tax is basic for any business that sells anything. Your video is for all subscription levels and I should not be forced to upgrade to be able to correctly calculate sales tax. Please look into this further. thank you.
Flexibility in setting up sales tax is basic for any business that sells anything. Your video is for all subscription levels and I should not be forced to upgrade to be able to correctly calculate sales tax. Please look into this further. thank you.
I should not have to upgrade to be able to set up manual sales tax rates. Either take away the auto sales tax function from your lowest subscription level or give your lowest subscription level the ability to access custom sales tax rates.
QBO can not keep up with all state, county and municipal tax rates, so you need to offer custom manual rates for all subscription levels.