How to Change the Default Sales Tax in QuickBooks

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In Brief...

QuickBooks applies sales tax automatically to invoices and sales receipts based on the default sales tax item you chose when setting your sales tax preferences. To change the default sales tax to apply, follow these four steps.

This feature works the same in versions 2011–2016 of QuickBooks.


  1. From the menu, select Edit > Preferences.

  2. In the left pane of the Preferences window, click Sales Tax, then select the Company Preferences tab.

  3. From the Your most common sales tax item drop-down list, select the sales tax item to use as the default.
    Your Most Common Sales Tax Item Drop-down List

  4. Click OK.

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