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0% TAX to Channel Islands by first 3 Postcode chars.


chrish123

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Hi,

 

I recently had a customer ask me to take the VAT off the price as he is based in the Channel islands in Guernsey. I did a little research and this is correct, you have to deduct VAT if your VAT registered and they are located in the Channel Islands.

 

If this was achieved by County names, then you could have a problem with Alderny being the first county in the UK database which would then give people items tax free! if they failed to enter a county name, as this would get filled in automatically to "Alderny".

 

I managed to download a postcode database and its all OK within the Zones, How would I get this to deduct the 17.5% tax on certain postcodes at checkout?

 

 

Basically only postcodes starting with the below are excluded from VAT:

 

GY1

GY2

GY3

GY4

GY5

GY6

GY7

GY8

GY9

JE1

JE2

JE3

JE4

 

Any form of help will be greatly appreciated!

 

Kind regards

 

Chris

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Try the following: -

$pre1 = "/JE[1-4]/";
$pre2 = "/GY[1-9]/";
if ( preg_match($pre1, strtoupper(substr($postcode , 0, 3))) || preg_match($pre2, strtoupper(substr($postcode, 0, 3))) ) {
 // Channel islands
} // NOT Channel islands

 

$postcode needs to be corrected to the relevant variable ofc.

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I only gave it a quick look and it is thoroughly untested but you could try the following: -

 

catalog/includes/classes/orders.php

Find ..

		  $products_tax = $this->products[$index]['tax'];
	  $products_tax_description = $this->products[$index]['tax_description'];

 

replace with ..

 

		  // BOF FWR Channel Islands hack
	  //$products_tax = $this->products[$index]['tax'];
	  //$products_tax_description = $this->products[$index]['tax_description'];
	  $pre1 = "/JE[1-4]/";
	  $pre2 = "/GY[1-9]/";
	  if ( preg_match($pre1, strtoupper(substr($billing_address['entry_postcode'] , 0, 3))) || preg_match($pre2, strtoupper(substr($billing_address['entry_postcode'], 0, 3))) ) {
		$this->products[$index]['tax'] = 0;
		$products_tax = $this->products[$index]['tax'];
		$this->products[$index]['tax_description'] = 'Tax free Channel Islands';
		$products_tax_description = $this->products[$index]['tax_description'];
	  } else {
		$products_tax = $this->products[$index]['tax'];
		$products_tax_description = $this->products[$index]['tax_description'];
	  }
	  // EOF FWR Channel Islands hack

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Hi,

 

Thank you Robert for the effort, but this unfortunately does not seem to work, at least here on RC1, I checked this with secpay/paypal and cheque/moneyorder and the order total still includes the VAT. I will have a fiddle with it again later to double check.

 

Kind regards

Chris

 

I only gave it a quick look and it is thoroughly untested but you could try the following: -

 

catalog/includes/classes/orders.php

Find ..

		  $products_tax = $this->products[$index]['tax'];
	  $products_tax_description = $this->products[$index]['tax_description'];

 

replace with ..

 

		  // BOF FWR Channel Islands hack
	  //$products_tax = $this->products[$index]['tax'];
	  //$products_tax_description = $this->products[$index]['tax_description'];
	  $pre1 = "/JE[1-4]/";
	  $pre2 = "/GY[1-9]/";
	  if ( preg_match($pre1, strtoupper(substr($billing_address['entry_postcode'] , 0, 3))) || preg_match($pre2, strtoupper(substr($billing_address['entry_postcode'], 0, 3))) ) {
		$this->products[$index]['tax'] = 0;
		$products_tax = $this->products[$index]['tax'];
		$this->products[$index]['tax_description'] = 'Tax free Channel Islands';
		$products_tax_description = $this->products[$index]['tax_description'];
	  } else {
		$products_tax = $this->products[$index]['tax'];
		$products_tax_description = $this->products[$index]['tax_description'];
	  }
	  // EOF FWR Channel Islands hack

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Wouldn't it be easier to use a UK Counties contribution which I think should list all the counties in the State box. Then set up your tax class for All of UK with the exception of Channel Islands with your VAT. Then list Jersey, Gurnsey, Sark, etc. with no VAT.

 

I think it would be a clean way to do it depending on how may countries you sell to as you might have to do it for all the countires. I am sure you are not the first to run into this problem so I would check the contributions as I am sure your solution is already there as it would affect ALL UK store owners.

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