I'm building a software for invoices for Mexico and we have the convention to name our variables in English only.

In Mexico there are two types (or categories) of taxes: Retenciones and Traslados.

Retenciones is an easy one: withholding taxes. But i can't find a word for the other type of taxes that are not withheld. Is there a word in English I could use before giving up and just use regularTaxes?

The main difference is that Traslados are taxes added to the total amount of the invoice, while Retenciones (withholdings) are subtracted.

Thanks a lot.

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    You're talking about two entirely different types of "invoices". "Withholding" is done on earnings -- wages, dividends, or interest, and would be shown on a "payroll statement". Added taxes would be something like "sales taxes", which are added to the price of something, as shown on a "sales receipt".
    – Hot Licks
    Mar 4, 2017 at 3:53
  • Are your retenciones the so-called ISR (Impuestos sobre la renta)? And the regular taxes are IVA? Mar 4, 2017 at 4:42
  • Well, yes, but retenciones can contain IVA too, when the invoice is a recibo de honorario
    – javorosas
    Mar 4, 2017 at 7:15
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    This is a really a technical question where the answer should come from someone familiar with the tax terminology used in Mexico. Context is everything, and a simple English translation of a word would not necessarily be the right answer. This is not a question about the English language. Mar 4, 2017 at 7:22
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    The answer below is fine then, and "withholding" still works in the cases of recibos de honorario. "Added", or just VAT works for the second category. [My wife is a CPA working for USAID here in Guate, and those are the same terms they use. Mar 4, 2017 at 12:46

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Added would in fact be perfectly fine as it is, for your particular use here I would say.

In the UK there is a tax called VAT (Value Added Tax), see the following Oxford Dictionary definition.

So there is a precedent for using 'added' in this particular tax context, when you are talking about a tax that is added, versus deducted.

  • A VAT tax is the rough equivalent of a "sales tax" in the US. (The difference is in the way the tax is calculated -- VAT on "added value" at each stage of transfer, sales tax on final retail amount. But the net effect on the total invoice amount is the same.)
    – Hot Licks
    Mar 5, 2017 at 3:34
  • No; it is 'Value' that 'Added' modifies here, not 'Tax'. This is a wrong argument. Mar 10, 2017 at 21:04

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