TaxCloud Example Code Ready for osCommerce Developers

January 3, 2011

TaxCloud is a free, easy-to-use sales tax calculation and remittance service for retailers. It’s the only service created to comply with the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (SSUTA) at a scale to support all internet merchants.

osCommerce is a popular Open Source online shop e-commerce solution that is powered by a dedicated, strong, and ever growing community, and is released under the GNU General Public License.

The standard osCommerce software implements tax calculations by defining tax rates for a geographical zone. The tax is either calculated based on the merchant’s address or the customer’s shipping address. To set this up for the entire US you would have to create a zone for each zip+4 code in the country for each tax class. This would be difficult and hard to maintain. Implementing the TaxCloud module makes tax lookups easy.

This module was developed using v2.3.1 of osCommerce. Installing the module for this version of the software is as easy as extracting the files from the TaxCloud zip file over the existing osCommerce installation. The code for other versions of the software will be similar but you may instead have to edit the PHP files directly to include the TaxCloud code.

** Update – version 1.4 now includes support for Exemption Certificates! **

The TaxCloud sample module is available on GitHub.

Installation

1. Ensure that SOAP is enabled (php_curl and php_soap in php.ini)

2. Back up your current osCommerce installation.

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TaxCloud Example Code Ready for Zen Cart Developers.

December 30, 2010

TaxCloud is a free, easy-to-use sales tax calculation and remittance service for retailers. It’s the only service created to comply with the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (SSUTA) at a scale to support all internet merchants.

Zen Cart e-commerce is free, user-friendly, open-source shopping cart software. It is available from http://www.zen-cart.com/.

TaxCloud is now available for use with Zen Cart as a “Module”. It was developed using v1.3.9 of Zen Cart. To install this module you merely have to extract the zip file into the Zen Cart installation directory and configure it through the Zen Cart admin application. The zip file contains a readme file which provides further instructions.

The files for the module can be downloaded here:

https://github.com/taxcloud/ZenCart

Configuration:

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KonaKart integration ready for developers.

December 10, 2010

We at FedTax are pleased to announce that we have integrated our TaxCloud service with the KonaKart shopping cart software.

TaxCloud provides a comprehensive sales tax service for U.S. online merchants.  The service is entirely free of charge.  This is possible because revenues are provided by state governments under the Streamlined States initiative.

Some features of TaxCloud include the ability to calculate local sales taxes in over 13,000 jurisdictions and account for type of merchandise, exemptions, tax holidays, etc.  TaxCloud will file merchant tax returns and handle remittances.

There is no software or database to install.  Rather, the relevant tax data is delivered to the KonaKart over a real-time web services API. The web service calls are taken care of by the API code. You just need to make simple calls to the TaxCloud Java objects to call the appropriate services.

The TaxCloud API code is available on SourceForge: https://sourceforge.net/projects/taxcloudlibs/

To use these services you will also need to create a free Merchant account at: http://taxcloud.net/

This integration was build on version 5.0 of the KonaKart software. I modified two classes and I am also including some sql to insert the custom properties required for this integration.

If you have any question please feel free to contact us at: integration@taxcloud.net

* Tax.java
* KKCustomEng.java
* sql_inserts_base.txt