California Sales Tax Genius is a web application designed for online stores. It works the same way as UPS or Fedex provides shipping rates for online stores. Instead of getting REALTIME shipping cost, you get REALTIME sales tax rate for any physical location in California.
California Sales Tax Genius overcomes the inaccuracy caused by using the zip code or city method to determine tax rates. Powered by US Geocoder, another proprietary product developed by Online Image, it geocodes the exact spot that your shipment is headed to−whether it's within a city, town, or unincorporated area−talks to the most recent Board of Equalization's Sales and Use Tax database, provides REAL TIME tax rate for your application. With this unmatched precision, it provides 100% tax compliance for California merchants. The system can be easily embedded into any Shopping Cart or online program. You supply street address and zip code, California Sales Tax Genius does the rest!
According to California State Board of Equalization Publication 105, entitled District Taxes and Delivered Sales, there are two options for collecting and paying sales and use taxes on sales of tangible goods in addition to the statewide tax: (1) Collect the taxes for the counties, city and special districts in which your business has a physical presence, or (2) collect taxes for all the counties and cities districts to which you ship goods.
California Sales Tax Genius offers Mandatory Collection Module and Total Collection Module for the above 2 options. It's the ONLY online service that offers 2 different options to calculate tax rates. All other service providers offer tax rates solely based on destination. If you don't need to collect district sales tax for orders shipped outside of your district, why waist time and money on it? Using our Mandatory Collection Module will not only save your time, money on accounting, administration and tax returns. but also allow you to have some pricing advantage over the sellers who live in high tax rate districts.
California Sales Tax Genius provides all the taxing information you ever need. It offers the tax rate information in summary and detail forms. Following are screenshots of the information that can be returned to and used for your own online store. It shows the summary and detail information for sample address 1591 Williamsport Drive, 95131 as of July 1, 2011.
California Sales Tax Genius uses US Census TIGER database, US Postal Database and California Board of Equalization Tax Rate Database. It updates the address and rate information as the source database updates the information. The tax rates you receive from our tax engine is always the latest and greatest!
For more information, please visit the California Sales Tax page on usgeocoder.com. You can signup from there and get access to our tax engine within minutes!
Supported versions: 2.4.x - 2.5.x, 3.x and above
CS-Cart is one of the best shopping cart solution for building an ecommerce website of any size: from a small web store to a virtual shopping mall. We have developed an extension for CS-Cart clients to use California Sales Tax Genius service. It offers both Mandatory Collection Module and Total Collection Module to calculate tax rates. The integration is very easy. CS-Cart client signs up an API account on usgeocoder.com, obtains an unique authorization code, and enters this code into the CS-Cart control panel California Sales Tax Calculator section. That's it! CS-Cart system will then seamlessly work with California Sales Tax Genius and provide the sales tax rate for every address in California!
For installation assistance, please feel free to call us at 408.368.5181 or send us a web request.
ONLINE IMAGE IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH CALIFORNIA BOARD OF EQUALIZATION IN ANY SHAPE OF FORM. ALL INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THIS WEBSITE ONLY REFLECTS ONLINE IMAGE'S UNDERSTANDING OF CALIFORNIA SALES AND USE TAX LAW. YOU USE THIS INFORMATION AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU SHOULD CONSULT YOUR OWN TAX ACCOUNTANT FOR YOUR OWN QUESTIONS.