[Bug 710873] New Tax Declaration Info Report - multi-national, multi-purpose (private, business, ...)

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Mon Oct 28 11:19:21 EDT 2013

Carsten Rinke <carsten.rinke at gmx.de> writes:

> Hi,
> you might be right that I miss out completely some complexity.
> First let me add that all that I am doing now will be done on top of
> what is existing, so anything that is already there remains untouched.
> Secondly, I understand that the "new tax info dialog" can handle only
> certain level of complexity.
> And now come the BUTs:
> But I do not fully see how your comments related to the proposed
> solution (keep in mind that I do not run a business).
> I get the point that the sales tax is applied in very many different
> ways within the US alone.
> Is it that you try to hint me to the point that sales tax has not yet
> been implemented yet and that the new approach might not make it
> either? That might be correct, but that does not mean that a new
> approach might not be good enough for other tax types.
> How are sales tax handled in GnuCash today? Doesn't it go to certain
> accounts from where you can get a sum over year?

As a non-business it's not handled at all; and for a non-business why
should it be?

For businesses you can apply taxes via a Tax Table to each line-item in
an Invoice.  Each Tax Table allows you to define potentially multiple
taxes that get applied together (e.g. Canadian PST and GST).  However
for something like GA or CA where each locality has its own unique sales
tax you would need a unique Tax Table per locality.

> How are sales tax declared? Isn't the principle of using paper based
> forms with certain fields somewhat similar to that of the other tax
> types?

Again, as a non-business why do you care?

> Anyhow, I am focussing on the more simple types for now.
> Kind regards,
> Carsten


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