How do I set up a default tax class for new products?

Save time by pre-setting a tax class for product creation

Question: Is there a way I can get the system to select a certain Tax class automatically when I’m adding a product?

Answer: Yes - here’s how:

  1. Find out the tax class ID number in Admin > Locations/Taxes > Tax Classes. (It’s the number on the left hand side.)

  2. Go to Admin > Catalog > Product Types > Layout Settings for the product type you’re using (probably Product - General)

Choose Product Price Tax Class Default - When adding new products? and enter the tax class ID number you obtained in step 1 above.

Next time you add a product, the tax class is pre-selected.

If you want to do an audit of your database to see if any products are mis-coded, you can use a query like this:

SELECT p.products_id, pd.products_name FROM products p, products_description pd WHERE p.products_id = pd.products_id AND products_tax_class_id != 1;

(This assumes that “Taxable Goods” is Tax Class id “1”.)

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Last modified May 5, 2022 by Scott C Wilson (b178b88).