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Taxes can be an important aspect of your OpenCart shopping cart. Depending on the laws where you operate your business it may be necessary to charge some or all of your customers tax. It’s important to understand how taxes work in OpenCart.

  • Geo Zone: a geographical region to specify in OpenCart – This can be a multiple states or entire countries
  • Tax Class: This is a type of product to apply a tax rate to and can be based on shipping address, payment address, or store address
  • Tax Rate: This is the actual rate of tax to be applied to a specific Geo Zone

Each product you set up is assigned to a tax class. This tax class is defined by a tax rate assigned to it. Each tax rate then has a geo zone assigned to it.

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n/a Points
2014-12-22 9:36 am

I set up the whole tax for Portugal (23%) and other countries (0%)

In the shop the prices is showing incl. and excl. VAT, unfortunately both prices are the same. 

Any hint/tip how to continue?


Kind regards,

11,186 Points
2014-12-22 11:35 am
Within your OpenCart admin, click on Settings, then click on the Options tab. From within here, you can then select to display VAT. Be sure that you have also fully enabled and configured VAT within the Taxes page as well as described in this article.
n/a Points
2014-12-23 4:24 am

Thank you JeffMa, for you answer.

I had already enabled VAT in the settings.

It is not only that incl and excl VAT prices are the same, but on check out, VAT does not show at all.

To me it looks like the programme disabled VAT somewhere???

9,968 Points
2013-11-29 4:43 pm
Hello darkhost,

Unfortunately we don't directly work on sites, and instead write about how to accomplish things from the user's side of things. If you had any specific questions about OpenCart taxes we'd be glad to try to steer you in the right direction.

- Jacob
2013-11-28 6:25 pm
If I gave login details to my shop could you sort taxes for me?

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