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Add sales tax categories to your products and services

Learn how to add tax categories to the things you sell so you can track sales tax more accurately.

Rules for how to tax a product or service can change depending on what you sell and where you sell it. QuickBooks keeps track of all those tax rules so you don’t have to.

After you set up where you charge sales tax, here’s how to map your items to the right tax categories. This lets QuickBooks calculate the accurate sales tax amount based on what exactly you sell to your customer.

Step 1: Learn what products or services need tax categories

Not everything needs special tax categories. Learn what items need tax categories and why.

Step 2: Assign sales tax categories

When you’re ready, follow these steps to start mapping your items to different sales tax categories.

  1. Select Sales, then Products and Services.
  2. Select New, then choose the type of item you need to add. If you need to update an existing item instead, find the item then select Edit.
  3. Select the sales tax category ▼ dropdown menu, then find and choose the specific sales tax category that fits your item.

    Not sure which tax category to choose?

    We know this can get a bit complicated. If you’re still not sure which tax category to assign, don’t hesitate to ask your accountant for help. They have the best insights on what tax categories your items need. If you don’t have an accountant, we can help find one near you.

  4. Complete your item’s info:
  5. Save your item.

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