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Contributions / Re: TaxCloud State Sales Tax Integration
September 28, 2010, 07:48:09 pm
We have made a few updates to the initial version of the integration code. Some highlights are the inclusion of shipping charges in the tax calculation, incorporation of KonaKart's customer ID into the web service requests and the ability to turn the TaxCloud integration on and off via a single column value in the database. Please use the updated version of the files. Thanks.
One more question - is it also possible to add a new configuration group for my custom properties and have it show up as a menu item?

Contributions / TaxCloud State Sales Tax Integration
August 30, 2010, 08:19:47 pm
We at FedTax are pleased to announce that we have integrated our TaxCloud service with the KonaKart shopping cart software.

TaxCloud provides a comprehensive sales tax service for U.S. online merchants.  The service is entirely free of charge.  This is possible because revenues are provided by state governments under the Streamlined States initiative.

Some features of TaxCloud include the ability to calculate local sales taxes in over 13,000 jurisdictions and account for type of merchandise, exemptions, tax holidays, etc.  TaxCloud will file merchant tax returns and handle remittances. 

There is no software or database to install.  Rather, the relevant tax data is delivered to the KonaKart over a real-time web services API. The web service calls are taken care of by the API code. You just need to make simple calls to the TaxCloud Java objects to call the appropriate services.

The TaxCloud API code is available on SourceForge: https://sourceforge.net/projects/taxcloudlibs/

To use these services you will also need to create a free Merchant account at: http://taxcloud.net/

This integration was build on version 5.0 of the KonaKart software. I modified two classes and I am also including some sql to insert the custom properties required for this integration.

If you have any question please feel free to contact us at: integration@taxcloud.net

Thanks to everyone that answered my questions on the forum.
That worked great, thanks for the help!
I need to add some custom properties to the application (URLs, IDs, etc...) and I am wondering what the best way to do this is. Is there a build-in mechanism for this or should I just add a new properties file and load it somehow when the application starts?

OK, I will try that out - thanks!

I am attempting to connect KonaKart with another system for tax rate look ups. I have been able to do some customizing of KKCustomEng but I haven't been able to determine the correct point in the code to override. I have done some work with the getOrderTotals() method.

I am wondering if this is the correct place to implement my custom code or if there is a more appropriate place. Is it also possible to customize GetOrderTotals?

The system I will be connecting to allows me to look up a tax rate by SKU and address.