Automatically Add a Local Sales Tax Rate to Square

by TaxJar March 19, 2015

One of Square Register’s handiest features is the fact that you can bring the point of sale with you and sell from anywhere. It’s all pretty simple. But what happens when you’re selling in a new location and aren’t sure about the sales tax rate?

That’s where TaxJar’s new automatic location-based sales tax rates lookup feature comes in handy. Now Square customers can find out the sales tax rate right where you’re standing, all from your device.

Here’s how:

You need to have a TaxJar account, which you can install from the “Apps” tab in the Square Dashboard.

Once you’re on your TaxJar dashboard, you should see a link at the upper right that says “Add a new tax for me at Square.” (If you’re on a mobile web browser, you’ll see a button that says “Add rate to Square” like the below.)

Add Tax Rate to Square TaxJar
Square TaxJar Location Based Sales Tax
Sales Tax by Location Square

Once you click on that link, you’ll see a message similar to the below: Approve this request, and we’ll use the location provided by your browser to look up the local tax rate.  Then, you’ll see the interface below:

Square TaxJar Sales tax detection

Click ‘Save to Square’ and we’ll create the tax rate for you (results below) so you can apply it to your items and charge the correct sales tax. That’s it! You’re all done. You can create another Square sales tax rate or just go about your business. We hope this feature will exponentially simplify your life as you use your Square reader on-the-go.

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