USA Sales Tax Setup Issues

It isn’t. Each European country is an independent Nation and thus not a State as in USA. Not all European countries have the EURO as their base currency nor do they have same tax systems or for that matter languages. There are many EU agreements related to import and export taxes but not to VAT and Corporate tax.

No, because countries charge the taxes due to them as they are supposed to.

I wonder why you mention only USA and Europe. Many Manager users are from much farther afield and probably in larger numbers. The application is developed and maintained by an Australian company with a strong user base there, but similarly popular in Middle-east, India and Africa.

Yes, everything you’re saying proves my point. Each country (or state) has different tax systems, and this would be needed outside the USA if a business served multiple countries.

Your tax system requires collection of tax for multiple tax authorities for each item you sell (state, county, city etc). As a result you have to use multipart tax codes. In Manager that currently requires independent tax code for each combination of tax codes. The first point above suggest have one tax code for each tax authorities tax, then combine that single tax code in as many combinations as required. Doing so enables report transformations to readily support each individual tax authorities reporting requirements.

The second point is to generalise the structure of invoice level tax codes to use the above structure but presented to the user as applying to all invoice items. That enables support of multiple withholding taxes but could also be used to apply any tax code all invoice line items (the feature you wanted).

OH yes, I understand now. Thank you for explaining it better. And with how you are explaining it, I see that (at least part of this) is actually how QuickBooks does it. Many independent codes for reporting that can then be setup as one code combination (they call it a group). You choose the group on invoices or receipts so it shows the total tax, but in back-end reports it divides it out and shows all of the individual ones you owe money to.

In my Manager test file, I setup taxes with multiple rates in them, which was very easy. The thing is, I hadn’t tried running a report yet. I just did, and it only shows the tax code group name, but not the individual rates inside of it. That would make things very difficult for us in the USA as well. The mechanism is already there to have multiple rates in one code, and the invoices and receipts can show it, so why doesn’t the Tax Summary Report show it?

Edit - I just created sub-accounts for each tax rate and assigned them properly. Now, the Balance Sheet report does show the correct amount broken out, but the Tax Summary report still doesn’t. This really is problematic. If there is a better way to get a report on these sub-accounts, I haven’t found it yet - maybe it’s in the guides or someone can tell me. If there isn’t a better way, there needs to be.

The proper setup of a multi-component tax code is specifically illustrated in the Guide, complete with separate tax liability accounts.

Separation of component tax rates for reporting remains a shortcoming.