Simplifying WooCommerce Sales Tax Automation


Are you looking to automate your sales tax calculations in WooCommerce? Look no further! In this guide, we will walk you through the process of setting up and enabling automated tax calculation for your online store.

Enabling Tax Calculation

To begin, navigate to the WooCommerce > Settings > General page. Ensure that the “Enable taxes and tax calculations” option is checked. Enabling taxes is a crucial first step in automating your tax calculations.

WooCommerce General Settings

Setting Up Automated Taxes

After enabling taxes, go to the WooCommerce > Settings > Tax page. Here, you will find the option to enable automated taxes. Select “Enable automated taxes” and click Save Changes.

WooCommerce Tax Settings

Once automated taxes are enabled, certain settings will be disabled as they are now managed by the automated tax system. Prices will be displayed excluding tax, and tax calculations will be based on the customer’s shipping address. Please note that prices should be entered exclusive of tax for accurate automated tax calculation.

Tax Nexus and Automated Rates

When using automated taxes, your manually added tax rates and settings for specific locations will be overridden. Automated taxes take precedence and apply to all applicable transactions.

If your store is based in the United States, you only need to collect sales tax from customers in locations where you have a “tax nexus” or physical presence. Your store address serves as the tax nexus. However, if you exceed certain yearly dollar values or order totals in another state, you may also have a tax nexus there. Consulting a certified local accountant can help determine your tax nexus status.

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While automated taxes cover most scenarios, you can still add additional tax rates for specific states if needed. Keep in mind that automated taxes will also apply to customers from those states.

Troubleshooting and Debugging

To diagnose any issues with your WooCommerce Shipping & Tax setup, navigate to WooCommerce > Status > WooCommerce Shipping & Tax. Here, you can enable debug and/or logging for further investigation.

WooCommerce Shipping & Tax Status Page

The status page provides valuable information on potential issues that may affect the functionality of WooCommerce Shipping & Tax. If you require assistance, you’ll find helpful debug information and links to get further support.

Tax Request Logs

To review recent tax requests made by your store, visit the WooCommerce > Status > WooCommerce Shipping & Tax page and navigate to the Taxes Log section. Previous tax requests can be accessed under WooCommerce > Status > Logs.

Please note that even if the tax value for an order is 0.00, automated taxes may still be functioning correctly.

Additional Considerations

For merchants operating in the European Union (EU), we recommend familiarizing yourself with the new taxation rules set to take effect on July 1, 2021. These regulations impact EU merchants engaged in cross-border eCommerce within the EU above a specific threshold, as well as non-EU merchants selling into the EU and opting to collect VAT during checkout. Stay informed about these changes and consult a tax professional to ensure compliance.


Automating your sales tax calculations in WooCommerce has never been easier. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can streamline your tax processes and focus on growing your online business. For more information and updates, visit ProgramMatek – your go-to resource for all things WooCommerce.

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