Implementing a New Tax Engine

Implementing a New Tax Engine

This tutorial will show you how to add a new tax engine by implementing the CommerceTaxEngine interface.

A tax engine performs the calculation for taxes when a transaction is made. Liferay Commerce provides two default tax engines: FixedCommerceTaxEngine for fixed rates, and ByAddressCommerceTaxEngine for calculating taxes by address.

Out-of-the-box tax engines


  1. Deploy an Example
  2. Walk Through the Example
  3. Additional Information

Deploy an Example

In this section, we will get an example tax engine up and running on your instance of Liferay Commerce.

Start a new Liferay instance by running

docker run -it -m 8g -p 8080:8080 liferay/portal:

Sign in to Liferay at http://localhost:8080. Use the email address [email protected] and the password test. When prompted, change the password to learn.

Then, follow these steps:

  1. Download and unzip the Acme Commerce Tax Engine.

    curl -O
  2. Build and deploy the example.

    ./gradlew deploy$(docker ps -lq)

    This command is the same as copying the deployed jars to /opt/liferay/osgi/modules on the Docker container.

  3. Confirm the deployment in the Docker container console.

    STARTED com.acme.q4b9.impl_1.0.0
  4. Verify that the example tax engine was added. Open your browser to https://localhost:8080. Then click the Applications Menu (Applications Menu) and navigate to CommerceChannels. Edit a channel. The new tax engine (“Q4B9 Commerce Tax Engine”) will be present in the list shown.


In Commerce 2.1 and earlier, find the tax engines by navigating to Site AdministrationCommerceSettingsTaxesTax Calculations.

New tax engine

Congratulations, you’ve successfully built and deployed a new tax engine that implements CommerceTaxEngine.

Next, let’s dive deeper to learn more.

Walk Through the Example

In this section, we will review the example we deployed. First, we will annotate the class for OSGi registration. Second, we will review the CommerceTaxEngine interface. And third, we will complete our implementation of CommerceTaxEngine.

Annotate the Class for OSGi Registration

    property = "", service = CommerceTaxEngine.class

It is important to provide a distinct key for the tax engine so that Liferay Commerce can distinguish the new engine from others in the tax engine registry. Reusing a key that is already in use will override the existing associated tax engine.

Review the CommerceTaxEngine Interface

Implement the following methods:

public CommerceTaxValue getCommerceTaxValue(
        CommerceTaxCalculateRequest commerceTaxCalculateRequest)
    throws CommerceTaxEngineException;

This method will be where the business logic is implemented for our tax engine. See CommerceTaxValue for more information.

public String getDescription(Locale locale);

This returns a brief description of our tax engine. See the implementation in for a reference in retrieving the description with a language key.

public String getName(Locale locale);

This returns the name of our tax engine. It works similarly to the getDescription method.

Complete the Tax Engine

The tax engine is comprised of logic to perform the tax calculation. Do the following:

Add Business Logic to getCommerceTaxValue

public CommerceTaxValue getCommerceTaxValue(
        CommerceTaxCalculateRequest commerceTaxCalculateRequest)
    throws CommerceTaxEngineException {

    BigDecimal flatTaxValue = _ONE_POINT_FIVE_ZERO;

    if (commerceTaxCalculateRequest.isPercentage()) {
        flatTaxValue = _ONE_POINT_FIVE_ZERO.divide(new BigDecimal(100.0));

        flatTaxValue = flatTaxValue.multiply(

    return new CommerceTaxValue(
        "q4b9", "q4b9-commerce-tax-engine", flatTaxValue);

private static final BigDecimal _ONE_POINT_FIVE_ZERO = new BigDecimal(

The CommerceTaxCalculateRequest parameter contains information needed for making our calculation. For this example, we use the price from the CommerceTaxCalculateRequest, as well as a value indicating whether to apply the rate as a percentage. See to find more methods you can use with a CommerceTaxCalculateRequest.

Add the Language Keys to

Add the language keys and their values to a file within our module:

q4b9-commerce-tax-engine=Q4B9 Commerce Tax Engine
this-tax-engine-serves-a-fixed-x-percent-flat-tax-rate=This tax engine serves a fixed {0} percent flat tax rate.

See Localizing Your Application for more information.


Congratulations! You now know the basics for implementing the CommerceTaxEngine interface, and have added a new tax engine to Liferay Commerce.

Additional Information