# 6.3 Solve Sales Tax, Commission, and Discount Applications

### Learning Objectives

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

• Solve sales tax applications
• Solve commission applications
• Solve discount applications
• Solve mark-up applications

### Solve Sales Tax Applications

Sales tax and commissions are applications of percent in our everyday lives. To solve these applications, we will follow the same strategy we used in the section on decimal operations. We show it again here for easy reference.

Remember that whatever the application, once we write the sentence with the given information (Step 2), we can translate it to a percent equation and then solve it.

Do you pay a tax when you shop in your city or state? In many parts of the United States, sales tax is added to the purchase price of an item. See Figure 6.7. The sales tax is determined by computing a percent of the purchase price.

To find the sales tax multiply the purchase price by the sales tax rate. Remember to convert the sales tax rate from a percent to a decimal number. Once the sales tax is calculated, it is added to the purchase price. The result is the total cost—this is what the customer pays.

Figure 6.7 The sales tax is calculated as a percent of the purchase price.

### Solve Commission Applications

Sales people often receive a commission, or percent of total sales, for their sales. Their income may be just the commission they earn, or it may be their commission added to their hourly wages or salary. The commission they earn is calculated as a certain percent of the price of each item they sell. That percent is called the rate of commission.

To find the commission on a sale, multiply the rate of commission by the total sales. Just as we did for computing sales tax, remember to first convert the rate of commission from a percent to a decimal.

### Solve Discount Applications

Applications of discount are very common in retail settings Figure 6.8. When you buy an item on sale, the original price of the item has been reduced by some dollar amount. The discount rate, usually given as a percent, is used to determine the amount of the discount. To determine the amount of discount, we multiply the discount rate by the original price. We summarize the discount model in the box below.

Figure 6.8 Applications of discounts are common in everyday life. (credit: Charleston’s TheDigitel, Flickr)

The sale price should always be less than the original price. In some cases, the amount of discount is a fixed dollar amount. Then we just find the sale price by subtracting the amount of discount from the original price.

In Example 6.29, the amount of discount was a set amount, \$10.\$10. In Example 6.30 the discount is given as a percent of the original price.

There may be times when you buy something on sale and want to know the discount rate. The next example will show this case.

### Solve Mark-up Applications

Applications of mark-up are very common in retail settings. The price a retailer pays for an item is called the wholesale price. The retailer then adds a mark-up to the wholesale price to get the list price, the price he sells the item for. The mark-up is usually calculated as a percent of the wholesale price. The percent is called the mark-up rate. To determine the amount of mark-up, multiply the mark-up rate by the wholesale price. We summarize the mark-up model in the box below.

### Section 6.3 Exercises

#### Practice Makes Perfect

Solve Sales Tax Applications

In the following exercises, find ⓐ the sales tax and ⓑ the total cost.

1. The cost of a pair of boots was \$84. The sales tax rate is 5% of the purchase price.
2. The cost of a refrigerator was \$1,242. The sales tax rate is 8% of the purchase price.
3. The cost of a microwave oven was \$129. The sales tax rate is 7.5% of the purchase price.
4. The cost of a tablet computer is \$350. The sales tax rate is 8.5% of the purchase price.
5. The cost of a file cabinet is \$250. The sales tax rate is 6.85% of the purchase price.
6. The cost of a luggage set \$400. The sales tax rate is 5.75% of the purchase price.
7. The cost of a 6-drawer dresser \$1,199. The sales tax rate is 5.125% of the purchase price.
8. The cost of a sofa is \$1,350. The sales tax rate is 4.225% of the purchase price.
In the following exercises, find the sales tax rate.
9. Shawna bought a mixer for \$300. The sales tax on the purchase was \$19.50.
10. Orphia bought a coffee table for \$400. The sales tax on the purchase was \$38.
11. Bopha bought a bedroom set for \$3,600. The sales tax on the purchase was \$246.60.
12. Ruth bought a washer and dryer set for \$2,100. The sales tax on the purchase was \$152.25.
Solve Commission Applications

In the following exercises, find the commission.

1. Christopher sold his dinette set for \$225 through an online site, which charged him 9% of the selling price as commission. How much was the commission?
2. Michele rented a booth at a craft fair, which charged her 8% commission on her sales. One day her total sales were \$193. How much was the commission?
3. Farrah works in a jewelry store and receives 12% commission when she makes a sale. How much commission will she receive for selling a \$8,125 ring?
4. Jamal works at a car dealership and receives 9% commission when he sells a car. How much commission will he receive for selling a \$32,575 car?
5. Hector receives 17.5% commission when he sells an insurance policy. How much commission will he receive for selling a policy for \$4,910?
6. Denise receives 10.5% commission when she books a tour at the travel agency. How much commission will she receive for booking a tour with total cost \$7,420?
In the following exercises, find the rate of commission.
7. Dontay is a realtor and earned \$11,250 commission on the sale of a \$375,000 house. What is his rate of commission?
8. Nevaeh is a cruise specialist and earned \$364 commission after booking a cruise that cost \$5,200. What is her rate of commission?
9. As a waitress, Emily earned \$420 in tips on sales of \$2,625 last Saturday night. What was her rate of commission?
10. Alejandra earned \$1,393.74 commission on weekly sales of \$15,486 as a salesperson at the computer store. What is her rate of commission?
11. Maureen earned \$7,052.50 commission when she sold a \$45,500 car. What was the rate of commission?
12. Lucas earned \$4,487.50 commission when he brought a \$35,900 job to his office. What was the rate of commission?
Solve Discount Applications

In the following exercises, find the sale price.

1. Perla bought a cellphone that was on sale for \$50 off. The original price of the cellphone was \$189.
2. Sophie saw a dress she liked on sale for \$15 off. The original price of the dress was \$96.
3. Rick wants to buy a tool set with original price \$165. Next week the tool set will be on sale for \$40 off.
4. Angelo’s store is having a sale on TV sets. One set, with an original price of \$859, is selling for \$125 off.
In the following exercises, find ⓐ the amount of discount and ⓑ the sale price.
5. Janelle bought a beach chair on sale at 60% off. The original price was \$44.95
6. Errol bought a skateboard helmet on sale at 40% off. The original price was \$49.95.
7. Kathy wants to buy a camera that lists for \$389. The camera is on sale with a 33% discount.
8. Colleen bought a suit that was discounted 25% from an original price of \$245.
9. Erys bought a treadmill on sale at 35% off. The original price was \$949.95.
10. Jay bought a guitar on sale at 45% off. The original price was \$514.75.
In the following exercises, find ⓐ the amount of discount and ⓑ the discount rate. (Round to the nearest tenth of a percent if needed.)
11. Larry and Donna bought a sofa at the sale price of \$1,344. The original price of the sofa was \$1,920.
12. Hiroshi bought a lawnmower at the sale price of \$240. The original price of the lawnmower is \$300.
13. Patty bought a baby stroller on sale for \$301.75. The original price of the stroller was \$355.
14. Bill found a book he wanted on sale for \$20.80. The original price of the book was \$32.
15. Nikki bought a patio set on sale for \$480. The original price was \$850.
16. Stella bought a dinette set on sale for \$725. The original price was \$1,299.
Solve Mark-up Applications

In the following exercises, find ⓐ the amount of the mark-up and ⓑ the list price.

1. Daria bought a bracelet at wholesale cost \$16 to sell in her handicraft store. She marked the price up 45%.
2. Regina bought a handmade quilt at wholesale cost \$120 to sell in her quilt store. She marked the price up 55%.
3. Tom paid \$0.60 a pound for tomatoes to sell at his produce store. He added a 33% mark-up.
4. Flora paid her supplier \$0.74 a stem for roses to sell at her flower shop. She added an 85% mark-up.
5. Alan bought a used bicycle for \$115. After re-conditioning it, he added 225% mark-up and then advertised it for sale.
6. Michael bought a classic car for \$8,500. He restored it, then added 150% mark-up before advertising it for sale

#### Everyday Math

197

Coupons Yvonne can use two coupons for the same purchase at her favorite department store. One coupon gives her \$20\$20 off and the other gives her 25%25% off. She wants to buy a bedspread that sells for \$195.\$195.

1. ⓐ Calculate the discount price if Yvonne uses the \$20\$20 coupon first and then takes 25%25% off.
2. ⓑ Calculate the discount price if Yvonne uses the 25%25% off coupon first and then uses the \$20\$20 coupon.
3. ⓒ In which order should Yvonne use the coupons?

198.

Cash Back Jason can buy a bag of dog food for \$35\$35 at two different stores. One store offers 6%6% cash back on the purchase plus \$5\$5 off his next purchase. The other store offers 20%20% cash back.

1. ⓐ Calculate the total savings from the first store, including the savings on the next purchase.
2. ⓑ Calculate the total savings from the second store.
3. ⓒ Which store should Jason buy the dog food from? Why?

#### Writing Exercises

199

Priam bought a jacket that was on sale for 40%40% off. The original price of the jacket was \$150.\$150. While the sales clerk figured the price by calculating the amount of discount and then subtracting that amount from \$150,\$150, Priam found the price faster by calculating 60%60% of \$150.\$150.

1. ⓐ Explain why Priam was correct.
2. ⓑ Will Priam’s method work for any original price?

200.

Roxy bought a scarf on sale for 50%50% off. The original price of the scarf was \$32.90.\$32.90. Roxy claimed that the price she paid for the scarf was the same as the amount she saved. Was Roxy correct? Explain.

#### Self Check

ⓐ After completing the exercises, use this checklist to evaluate your mastery of the objectives of this section.

ⓑ What does this checklist tell you about your mastery of this section? What steps will you take to improve?