There are two tax calculation features available in NetSuite — SuiteTax and Legacy Taxes. SuiteTax uses internal or external tax engines to calculate taxes for transactions in NetSuite. At present, SuiteTax is available only for Commerce web stores that cater to the US and Canada. See the help topics SuiteTax and SuiteCommerce SuiteTax Support for more information about SuiteTax.
SuiteTax is not supported for tax calculation on SiteBuilder websites.
SuiteTax calculates the total taxes applicable for each item in a sales order. The following methods retrieve SuiteTax tax calculations for a web store order:
recalculateTaxes() - triggers tax calculation for a sales order. Taxes are not calculated or recalculated unless this method is called.
getTaxDetails(), getTaxDetails(fields) - retrieves tax details for each line item in the sales order, including items, shipping, and handling (if set up as separate from shipping). If multiple tax types apply to a sales order, this method retrieves a
taxdetails object for each tax type for each line item.
taxdetailsreference field for an item in the
orderitem object matches the
taxdetailsreference field in the related
taxdetails objects returned by
getTaxDetails() does not return any
taxdetails objects with a matching
taxdetailsreference field, it means no taxes are applicable for that item.
taxamount field contains the total of the taxes applicable for the item. If multiple taxes apply to a line item, this is the total amount for the tax type in the
getOrderSummary(fields) - retrieves the fields:
getSummaryTaxTotals() - retrieves the tax amount per tax type for the whole sales order. If multiple tax types apply to a sales order, this method returns multiple
The field used for legacy taxes must not be used if SuiteTax is enabled.
In the United States, per item taxes are not applied to an order. Instead tax is applied to the entire order. The following tax fields are present in the
orderitem object and are only used when countries require per line tax:
Since every line can have a different tax type or tax rate you should define the taxes per order line. When a line is not taxed, omit those fields.
You should also check the value of
pricesincludevat in the
sitesettings object to verify whether taxes are included in the price. These fields are only required when tax is not included in the price.