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Add and Manage Your Goods and Services Tax (GST) Settings

Please note that this guidance is general in nature and does not constitute legal, tax or any other type of professional advice. If you are unsure about your tax or where to find the relevant information, we suggest that you consult with a professional.


With Square Point of Sale, you can apply Goods and Services Tax (GST) to your sales and create custom taxes. Enable your team members to edit taxes at the time of a sale through your team permissions and track your taxable and non-taxable sales in your online Square Dashboard.

Square’s fees are taken out of the total amount of each transaction, including tax and tip. Businesses registered for GST can include GST in item prices.

Create Sales Taxes

Create Sales Tax Online

  1. Go to Account & Settings from your online Square Dashboard.

  2. Click Business information > Sales taxes.

  3. Click Create tax.

  4. Enter the tax name, rate and select the location.

  5. Choose tax application and select if it will apply to custom amounts.

  6. Choose to add an exemption rule which will specify when this tax shouldn't be applied.

  7. Choose to Include tax in item price, which shows one amount – the combined sales tax and item price. If toggled off, the tax will appear as a separate line item to the price.

  8. Click Save.

Create Sales Tax In-App

From the Square Point of Sale app:

  1. From the navigation bar at the bottom of your screen, tap ≡ More.

  2. Tap Settings > Checkout > Sales taxes.

  3. Tap the tax you would like to modify or create a new tax. On a mobile device tap the + icon. On a tablet, tap Add a New Tax

  4. Fill out the tax information.

  5. Tap Save.

Disable or Delete Sales Taxes

Disable or Delete Sales Tax Online

  • To disable: Click on the tax you wish to disable, then click Actions > Disable tax > Apply.
  • To delete: Click on the tax you wish to remove, then click Actions > Delete > Delete Tax to confirm. Once you delete a sales tax, this cannot be undone.

Disable or Delete Sales Tax In-App

  • To disable: Tap the tax you wish to disable, then toggle off Enabled.
  • To delete: Tap on the tax you wish to delete, then scroll down to tap Delete tax from this location. Tap Confirm delete tax to confirm. Once you delete a sales tax, this cannot be undone.

View Taxes from Item Level

  1. Go to Items & ordersItems from your online Square Dashboard.

  2. Click on an item to bring up the item details page. If taxes have been applied to an item, they will be listed under the Taxes field.

  3. If there is no sales tax applied, click Account & Settings > Sales Tax to get started.

Note: GST and custom taxes will automatically apply to sales where a custom amount is entered. To disable taxes for custom amounts visit your tax settings in the app.

Edit Taxes at the Time of Sale

  1. From the Square app, tap Checkout > Review Sale.

  2. Tap an item.

  3. Under Taxes, toggle applicable tax rates on or off.

Note: From the Current Sale screen, you can also tap Tax to view all tax rates applied to the current sale. Tap the red X icon to remove a tax rate from applicable items within the sale, then tap Save to return to checkout.

Manage Taxes with the Catalogue Import Tool

Once you've created sales taxes, you can apply the tax to your catalogue via the catalogue import.

  1. Once the tax rate is created, click Items & orders > Items from your online Square Dashboard.

  2. Click Actions > Export Library.

  3. Follow the prompts to export item library.

  4. Once exported, tax columns will appear at the end of the spreadsheet. From here, enter Y or N in each item row to apply, or not apply the tax rate to the selected item in the catalogue.

  5. For large catalogues, items can be sorted by category, or a formula can be written to facilitate the bulk application of tax rates.

  6. Once tax rate(s) has been assigned to items within the spreadsheet, go back to Items > Actions > Import Catalogue > Modify Item Library to upload any changes.

Note: When editing any existing catalogue items from the spreadsheet, do not edit or remove the value in the Token column. Upon reimporting, the token is used to identify the existing item in the catalogue.

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