Suggested transaction tax system
Al B. Snell
Wed, 15 Nov 2000 20:51:14 +0000 (GMT)
On 15 Nov 2000, Derek Atkins wrote:
> What about places where you have multiple taxes (taxes on taxes,
> e.g. the Canadian GST), hidden taxes (e.g. US Gasoline), or split
> taxes (income tax split across multiple US States)?
I'm not sure about the details of Canadian GST. Anyone care to enlighten
me? I imagine it can just be modelled as one tax, though; if there's a
function that converts the amount you pay to the amount you get charged in
tax, then we can handle it.
As for hidden taxes - well, you pay the tax as part of the price and don't
have to worry about it, surely?
And split taxes? Is that anything more than the different tax codes on
> While I like the idea, I think this particular approach is just a can
> of worms. Unfortunately I don't have a better idea, except perhaps
> allowing the user to enter the amount of tax by hand. I can look on
> my sales receipt and see how much tax I paid when I go to the store.
> I don't know, for example, how much tax I paid when I pay at the pump.
People wouldn't have to let the system auto-calculate the tax for
them. They could still put the tax split in by hand...
Alaric B. Snell
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