How do you add tax?


Quick Answer

Adding tax to a purchase can be accomplished with basic mathematics that include multiplication, percentages, decimals and addition. It is only necessary to know the sales tax in a given area as a percentage of the total purchase.

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  1. Convert the percentage into a decimal

    Begin by converting the percentage of sales tax into a decimal number. For example, 10 percent sales tax becomes 0.10.

  2. Calculate tax

    Calculate the tax on the purchase by multiplying the purchase price by the sales tax. A car that costs $20,000 and has 10 percent sales tax would be taxed for $2,000.

  3. Add the tax to the purchase price

    Add the number calculated sales tax to the purchase price to find the total price with tax. The $20,000 car with $2,000 tax would cost $22,000.

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