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Display Tax Information in Invoices

When taxes are displayed by charge, Zuora Billing will summarize all associated taxes to that charge. It is possible to have up to three different taxes that are displayed on the invoice per charge, so it is possible that the tax amount associated to the charge is the summary of these three taxes. Please note that Zuora Billing also provides a listing of each individual tax that can be displayed in the Tax Details section of the invoice.

The standard Invoice PDF template includes three possibilities to display taxes. The simplest display is a total taxation field for the invoice. Zuora Billing will also provide a subtotal of all taxes and group them by Tax Rate, Tax Rate Type, and Tax Name.

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Additionally, it is possible to display each tax associated with the invoice.

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 You cannot edit taxes manually on a draft invoice.

The tax information on invoice PDF is based on the tax exemption settings:

  • If tax exemption is disabled, all the tax items are displayed on the invoice PDF even if the tax amount is 0.
  • If tax exemption is enabled and the tax amount of a tax item is not 0, the tax item is displayed on the invoice PDF. If the tax amount is 0, the tax item is not displayed on the invoice PDF.

Tax Rounding Behavior

Zuora uses two different methods to determine the tax total on an invoice. Method 1 is the default rounding method and is used in all cases except specific European countries which require a different rounding method. Method 2 is used to calculate tax in specific countries that do not allow Method 1 to be used. If Method 2 is required for your tenant, email Zuora Global Support.

In specific circumstances, these methods can produce slightly different results as can be seen in the examples.

Tax Rounding Method 1

  1. For each invoice line:
    1. For each tax item (there can be multiple tax items for each line):
      1. Calculate the tax for this item by multiplying the tax rate by the subtotal for the line. The subtotal is the total price (before tax) of all products on the invoice line.
      2. Round the tax item to the level required by the currency of the invoice. For example, round to 2 decimal places for USD or GBP.
    2. Total all tax items for the invoice line. This is generates the "tax" amount on the invoice line.
  2. Total all tax items from the invoice to generate the "tax" amount for the entire invoice.

Tax Rounding Method 2

  1. For each invoice line:
    1. For each tax item (there can be multiple tax items for each line):
      1. Calculate the tax for this item by multiplying the tax rate by the subtotal for the line. The subtotal is the total price (before tax) of all products on the invoice line.
    2. Total all tax items for the invoice line. This is generates the "tax" amount on the invoice line. The number displayed at the line level on the invoice is rounded, but the actual tax is not. For example, a tax amount of $0.4125 will be displayed as $0.41 on the invoice line. 
  2. Total all tax items from the invoice to generate the "tax" amount for the entire invoice.
  3. Round the total tax for the invoice. This number will be displayed on the invoice as the total tax for the invoice. 

Rounding Method Examples

A subscription has been created with the following information:

  • Subscription start date: 5/1/2011
  • Two Products:
    • Product 1: 1 unit - $197.00/unit, taxable
    • Product 2: 1 unit - $49.00/unit, taxable
  • Tax rate: 0.0825%

Method 1: Default Rounding

Product Name Product Price Quantity Line Subtotal Tax Line Total
Product 1 $197.00 1 $197.00 $16.25 $213.25
Product 2 $49.00 1 $49.00 $4.04 $53.04
           
        Subtotal $246.00
        Tax $20.29
        Total $266.29

Calculations:

  • Line 1 tax = $197.00 * 0.0825 = $16.2525 (rounded to $16.25)
  • Line 2 tax = $49.00 * 0.0825 = $4.0425 (rounded to $4.04)
  • Total tax = $16.25 + $4.04 = $20.29

Method 2: Tax No Rounding

Product Name Product Price Quantity Line Subtotal Tax Line Total
Product 1 $197.00 1 $197.00 $16.25 $213.25
Product 2 $49.00 1 $49.00 $4.04 $53.04
           
        Subtotal $246.00
        Tax $20.30
        Total $266.30

Calculations:

  • Line 1 tax = $197.00 * 0.0825 = $16.2525 (rounded to $16.25 for display only)
  • Line 2 tax = $49.00 * 0.0825 = $4.0425 (rounded to $4.04 for display only)
  • Total tax = $16.2525 + $4.0425 = $20.295 (rounded to $20.30)
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