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I'm building a Magento site for a client in Sarasota. I'm having an issue with the sales tax, Sarasota is a discretionary surtax county, and as a result I need to add a tax of 1% for the first $5000 of each sale for any orders with a billing address in FL.

Are there any extensions that can achieve the desired functionality?

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It looks like this extension can handle the discretionary surtax you've mentioned:

Sales Tax Extension for Avalara’s AvaTax

How Does Avalara AvaTax Treat Florida Discretionary Surtax at the Invoice Level?

By default, Avalara AvaTax will calculate Florida Discretionary Surtax tax at the item level and not the invoice level, as this is the general rule when calculating this tax for Florida.

For Example: You sell 2,000 1 pound bags of rice for $3 each. Invoice shows Qty of 2,000 at $3 each. This invoice does not have a single item valued over $5,000, so the Florida Discretionary Surtax will not be applied.

You sell a pallet of 2,000 pounds of rice for $6,000. Invoice shows Qty of 1 at $6,000 each. This invoice has a single item valued over $5,000, so you may see that the Florida Discretionary Surtax is applied and that the county tax rate is only applied to the first $5,000 of the line item.

Edit: Subscription fee is applicable even though it appears free on Magento Connect.

It appears that the following option is a once off payment:

Florida Sales Tax Rate Table

It may be worth contacting them (here) and asking if the extension will fulfil your needs

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Some additional free resources:

Magento Tax Configuration Tutorial with Video

Reddit | Does magento have a free add on that will allow you to make tax rules by county and state

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  • This looks like it would work and while the plugin itself is free, the service it connects to (AvaTax) has a subscription fee. I was hoping to either pay a one off fee to buy an extension, or find something for free. Sep 16 '14 at 10:44
  • I've updated my answer. Give the team @WooSalesTax a shout & see if it could be what you're looking for, that's a once off fee at least & not too pricey.
    – Moose
    Sep 16 '14 at 10:54

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