Frequently Asked Questions

How do I add Taxes to an Invoice?

As a business, you may or may not need to charge taxes (like HST, GST, VAT, ABN or more) on your products and services to report back to the government. 

If you need to charge taxes, they are added on a line-by-line basis to each Item in FreshBooks. Once added to an Item and saved, the next time you Invoice for the same Item, the Tax will automatically be added for you!

Follow these steps to add a Tax to your Invoices:

  1. Go to the Invoices section
  2. Click on New Invoice in the top right
  3. Create your Invoice as normal - adding a ClientTerms, a Due Date and any additional Notes you or your Client may need
  4. Add an item to your Invoice. You can do this by clicking the + Add a Line which will appear when you hover over the Invoice
  5. Once a line has been added to the Invoice, you'll see an Add Taxes option under the Rate column:Add taxes link.
  6. Clicking on this Add Taxes link will give you the option to add a Tax to your item
  7. Enter in the Rate and the Tax Name. The Tax Number/ID is optional: New tax with fields.
  8. Once you've entered your Tax details, click anywhere on the Invoice and the Tax will be applied: Breakdown with subtotal of taxes.


  • You're able to add up to two Taxes to each line item within FreshBooks.
  • The Tax must be created on an Invoice in a web browser first before you can use the same Tax on the iOS or Android mobile app. 

If you ever need to remove taxes, you can just use the steps above but uncheck the box next to the Tax you want to remove from the Invoice and click Apply Taxes. The Tax will no longer be applied to the Invoice.

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