# [SOLVED] Find Base Total Amount

• Mar 10th 2008, 10:50 AM
lebowski
[SOLVED] Find Base Total Amount
I believe this to be algebra problem that I have here, but I'm not positive. I'm not even sure that I can find this value mathematically, but I'm sure someone on this forum could tell me. Here is what I need to know:

If I have a base amount of \$30 and a final amount of \$30.70. I need to know how much of the base amount has been paid for and how much of the .70 tax was paid for.

Example:

\$10 is taxable at 7%
\$20 is NOT taxable
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\$30 Base Total

If I have this equation here:
\$30.70 = \$20 + (\$10+(\$10 * 7%))

An individual only pays for \$10.50.

How do I find how much of the Base amount is left?
\$30 - (Portion of payment that is base amount)=Base Amount Left

How do I find how much of the tax total is left?
.70 - (Portion f paymen that is tax)=Tax Amount Left
• Mar 10th 2008, 11:41 AM
colby2152
I am not sure if I understand your question?

Are you saying someone has \$30, and there is a 7% tax bracket for the first \$10, and 0% on the rest?

That gives us \$\displaystyle 10*0.07 =0.7\$ in taxes

If the tax bracket is up to \$10.50, then taxes are equal to \$\displaystyle 10.50*0.7 = 0.735\$ or 73.5 cents in taxes.
• Mar 10th 2008, 12:10 PM
lebowski
Thank you for the quick reply. Let me give you the exact scenario I need this for.

This is for an auction business. A buyer may buy 2 items. One for \$20 and another for \$10. The auction company only charges tax on the \$10. The \$20 does not have tax because it is "non taxable".

There is a buyers premium fee if someone pays with a credit card on the "base amount remaining". There is no fee if a buyer uses cash. So if the buyer pays \$10.50 in cash, and the rest on the credit card. I need to know how much of the "base amount" is left so that the credit card premium will ONLY be charged on the "base amount remaining". A portion of the amount paid will pay for a portion of the .70 in tax and the other portion will pay for some of the base amount. I need to know what those portions are so the credit card premium is only figured on the base amount remaining and not the remaining tax.

Let me know if I can elaborate more on this.
• Mar 10th 2008, 12:35 PM
lebowski
Let me simply this. If I have \$20 at 7% tax, I get a total of \$21.40. If I use this equation:

\$21.40/1.07 = \$20, it will give me by base amount before the tax was added on.

What I need to know is if I have (\$10 + (\$10 + (10 * 7%))), I get a total of \$20.70. How do I find out what the base amount of this is? I cant use \$20.70/1.07 to get my base amount of \$20 because only \$10 of it is figured at the 7% rate. I need to know if there is a way to get the base amount om this scenario?

I am opening a new thread. One that isn't so confusing.