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Why are the total sales in the jurisdiction detail reports so high?

Overview

You see that the total sales in the Sales and Sellers Use Tax Jurisdiction Detail Report add up to a lot more than your sales, and you want to know why.

Environment

Avalara Avatax

Resolution

  • The jurisdiction detail report shows all of the individual dollars which had tax applied in a jurisdiction, so for a $1 sale with tax applied at the state, city, county and special jurisdiction level, that would show $1 in each jurisdiction type total, adding up to $4. That is only a $1 sale, but since tax was calculated in four jurisdictions, it shows four times on the report. 

 

Note: To compare sales totals, we recommend using the Sales and Sellers Use Tax Summary Report, summary reports show totals which are best for reconciliation.