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Math Help... adding sales tax to the cost of something.

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive November 2006: Math Help... adding sales tax to the cost of something.
By Tn_Mom on Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 10:32 pm:

Do I have this all figured up correctly and sales taxes are added to the price before you add shipping and handling, isn't it?

Price is $27.96
sales tax is 9.25%
Price including sales tax is $30.54.
Shipping and handling is $4.98

So the total would be $35.52
Is this the correct total?

By Andi on Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 10:49 pm:

I got $35.53....only a penny differance.:)

By Crystal915 on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 12:38 am:

I got 30.55, but only because the tax comes to 2.586, and I would round up. If you round down to 2.58 it comes to 30.54. The easiest way to calculate sales tax is to take the amount (27.96) and multiply it by 1.0925 (since the sales tax is 9.25%). And yes, your total of $35.52 is accurate.

By Ginny~moderator on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 04:31 am:

9.25% sales tax - ouch! Although it depends on what it covers. In Pennsylvania it is 6% - 7% in Philadelphia - but is not charged on food, a variety of household products like toilet tissue, detergents, etc, nor on "normal" clothing (formal wear, leather shoes, purses, sports wear like running suits are taxed).

Sometimes sales taxes are calculated by tables provided by the state, so that, for example, in Pennsylvania, $.85 - $1.10 is $.06, $1.11 - $1.17 is $.07, and so on. So calculating it mathematically can have you a cent off one way or the other. The tables are built in on the cash register computers.

By Tn_Mom on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 05:35 am:

I'M CONFUSED! I'm going to get a money order today so I need to make sure I get the correct amount. Yeah, I know the sales tax is ridiculous. There are only two states that have to pay sales taxes on orders from this website and mine happens to be one of them!

I went through the checkout process on the website that I'm going to be ordering from and the total ended up being $35.99 instead of the $35.52. But I think I didn't do it right when I first calcuated things.

It should be like this... $27.96 X 1.0925 = 30.54, so that would make the sales tax on these items $3.05. Then add 4.98 shipping and handling. This would make the total $35.99. Is this correct?

The first time around I had thought that the figure 30.54 was the price after taxes were added, then I just had to add 4.98 shipping and handling. That's how I kept getting a different figure than the website showed.

Here's another one I'm trying to figure up. $21.46 X 1.0925 = 23.44505 So the sales tax would be 2.3445. What would the sales tax be arounded off to? Plus $5.97 S&H The website says the total is $29.97, but for some reason I keep getting $29.77

By Karen~admin on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 07:30 am:

I do it the way Crystal does's high here too - over 9% in the city of New Orleans, I think, and nearly 9% in my parish; however, some things are exempt.

By Reds9298 on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 08:19 am:

I always round up on the tax. YIKES! 9%!! We just went up to 6% a few years ago.

By Kernkate on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 08:24 am:

I got $35.53, rounding it off. Its only a penny off.

I would take the $27.96 x 9.25% (on the computer calculator is how I did it) that comes out to 2.5363 so the tax I would add would be 2.54. Rounded off.
Were the 63 it is where you would round out to the next cent. I was always taught anything over 50 is rounded to the next number.

By Colette on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 08:46 am:

Wow! So happy I am right next door to NH - no sales tax!

By Ginny~moderator on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 10:32 am:

Still, unless you are going to debate the math with them by e-mail, this is the number they come up with and the number you will have to pay if you want this item. Maybe you should check another website for the item - one that might have better math.

By Dawnk777 on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 11:19 am:

I got $35.53, as well, because I rounded up the number I got, when I did the sales tax calculation. Ouch on the sales tax!

In WI, it's only 5% and people whine like crazy. We have a high gas tax, though. Our gas prices are usually higher than anyone else.

By Andi on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 11:28 am:

I got $35.53 because I rounded up on the sales tax...

By Bemerry84 on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 12:40 pm:

I know with my direct sales company there is tax on the shipping. If you add the $27.96 + $4.98 = $32.94 x 9.25% ($3.05) = $35.99. You'll find in most cases there is tax on shipping and handling.

By Dawnk777 on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 02:28 pm:

Sure enough. I put a jacket in a shopping cart, at

Jacket Costs$109.50
Sales Tax (WI 5%)_+$6.08

By the way, the tax came out to 6.725, so I think they were a bit generous calling it 6.08. I don't know if I would have rounded it up. Is that government greed to get that extra penny? LOL! I would have called it 6.07. Oh well.

I think the shipping is high, but we went to our nearest Lands' End "inlet" and they didn't have squall parkas, like I want. On my current LE squall parka, the velcro tabs don't work so well anymore and the knit cuffs are wearing out. I love my squall parka!!!

By Tn_Mom on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 06:51 pm:

I didn't have time to post earlier, but I was able to find the items for just over $25 at Amazon. I'm going to get the order form and money order in the mail tomorrow. Does anyone have any idea how long it usually takes to get something from Amazon? Although, it'll be a bit later since this is a short week for the post office.

By Dawnk777 on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 09:25 pm:

We get Amazon stuff pretty fast, usually. Although, if you take the free shipping, sometimes it takes a little longer.

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