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Magento Tax and Shipping

Magento Tax & Shipping

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Magento provides various tax rates and shipping methods depending upon the locations. Setting up the rates for the products is one of the most important need before releasing the product into store, every product need to define with various tax rates and shipping methods. Following are the major concepts covered in this chapter.
  • Tax
  • Shipping


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Magento allows to create and set various Tax Rates for specific locations or for the product types. The only thing one need to know about is how to create a Tax Zone and Rate and a Tax Rule to perfectly manage the Magento taxes framework. Creating Tax Zone and Rate - The Tax rates basically applicable for the transactions which takes place within specific locations. One can specify the tax rates for each geographical location using the Tax Zone and Tax Rate tools, every zone and rate have a specific identity, admins can maintain multiple tax rates depending upon the geographical area. For example, few locations will not charge any tax on products like medicines and food, but take tax on other products. In order to add a Tax rate, login to the admin panel and go to the path Store -> Tax Zones and Rates. Now the page redirects to the Tax Zone and Rates, click on the button Add New Tax Rate available on the top right corner as indicated in the image below. Now in the next page set up the following information. After completing all the required setup information click on Save Rate button. Create a Tax Rule - Magento tax rules are a combination of customer class, product class and tax rate. All the products are assigned to a product class and all the customers are assigned to customer class. The tax rates are calculated based on product and customer classes by considering the customers shopping cart. In order to add a new Tax Rule, go to the path Stores -> Tax Rules. Now the pager redirects to Tax Rules section, click on the Add New Tax Rule button as indicated in the image below. Now in the next page set up the following information, give the tax Name and Rate in the Tax Rule information section. Clicking on the Additional Settings will expand some options for setup. After completing all the required setup information click on Save Rules button.


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Magento support various types of methods for shipping the products as follows.
  • Free Shipping
  • Flat Rate
  • Table Rates
  • Dimensional Weight
Free Shipping - Free shipping is based on few conditions set by the admin, if a customer meets the free shipping conditions for the selected product then the product get delivered without any additional shipping chargers. Such as, when one setup the free shipping range over $200, then all the customers who buy more than $200 will get the free shipping for the products. In order to set the Free Shipping method navigate to the path Store -> Configuration. Now in the Configuration interface, click on the Shipping methods available under Sales section in the left panel as indicated in the image below. Set up all the required information in the Free Shipping section, Make Free Shipping Enable by selecting Yes, Fill all the required fields as well such as Title for the shipping, Minimum Order Amount, Free Shipping applicable countries, Sort order for the shipping as shown in the image below. Flat Rate Shipping - Magento provides flat rate shipping for the customers and this charges can be predefined for every order or product. The Flat Rate Shipping can be found in the Shipping methods. Fill the required details for configuring the flat rate shipping such as Tile for the Title, Enable the flat rate by selecting yes, and choose the Flat Rate type and the price for flat rate shipping, one can also calculate the shipping rate based on the amount or on percentage amount. Table Rate Shipping - Magento provides the Table Rate Shipping for customers using this option one can select the shipping options as per their need such as dimensions, weight and more. In order to configure the Table Rate Shipping navigate to the Table rates under the Shipping Methods. Fill all the required blocks such as Title for the shipping, Enable the shipping method by selecting yes from the options, Specify the shipping conditions in the condition filed, select the countries applicable for this shipping method, all price calculations can be done based on the price or percentage in Table rate shopping. Dimensional Weight - Magento provides the shipping method for customers based on the weight of the product. One have to pay based on the product space. There are many providers offering service for dimensional weight process through eCommerce websites such as FedEx, DHL, USPS and more.


shape Key Points

  • Setting up rates for all the products in Magento is the most important need.
  • Various tax rates can be configured depending on the location.
  • Various payment methods can be configured for customer convenience.
  • Various shipping methods can be configured based on the locations and product rates.