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How to Configure Taxes in Zen Cart

Step by Step tutorial on Configuring the Taxes in Zen Cart

As most regions of the world have different Tax Rates, it is essential to know how to setup different Tax Classes and Tax Rates to these regions. In this tutorial, we will show you how to do that in Zen Cart.


To configure the taxes in you Zen Cart, you will need to:

Step 1 Define a Tax Zone

To define a new Tax Zone for your Store, you will need to log into your admin dashboard and navigate to the Locations/Taxes>Zones Definitions section from the main admin panel.


Accessing the Zones Definitions section in Zen Cart


Now let us add a new Zone by clocking on the insert button.


Adding a new Tax Zone in Zen Cart


On the right you will see two fields in which you must fill the Zone’s name and a description for it if you so desire.


Configuring the New Tax Zone


Now you will see the new zone in the Zone management section. From there you can enter the zone by clicking the Info/Play icon.


Accessing the Tax Zone's details


Here you will need to insert a subzone for this Zone containing the Country of and choosing the zone (in our case United States/California).


Adding a subzone to a Tax Zone in Zen Cart


Follow the next two steps to add a specific Tax rate to this newly created Zone.


Step 2 Create a Tax Class

You can use Tax Classes if you sell products in different tax categories for example digital and physical products. To create a new Tax Class for your store you will need to navigate to the Locations/Taxes>Tax Class section of your main admin panel.


Note that Zen Cart comes pre-defined with one Tax Class for general goods called Taxable Goods. Click the new tax class button to add a new class.


Adding a new Tax Class in Zen Cart


Here you will need to add a name and description of the new Tax Class.


Adding a New Tax Class in Zen Cart


Now you can use this new Class when creating a Tax Rating for a Zone



Step 3 Create a Tax Rate

To add a new Tax rate, you will need to navigate to the Locations/Taxes>Tax Rates section from the main admin panel.


Accessing the Tax Rates menu in Zen Cart


Here you can see the existing Tax Rates and add a new one by clicking the new tax rate button.


Adding a new Tax Rate in Zen Cart


Now you will need to configure the tax rate itself:


  • Tax Class Title – Here you can Select from the Tax Classes you have available on your store
  • Zone – The Zone to which you want to apply this Tax Rate
  • Tax Rate (%) – The Tax Rate’s amount (do not include % as it will be automatically added)
  • Description – A short description of the Tax rate
  • Priority – Set priority to the Tax


Configuring a Tax Rate in Zen Cart


When you are done with the configuration, click on the insert button to create the Tax Rate.

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