QuickBooks 3140 Transaction Sales Tax is currently disabled by preferences.

If you receive the following message when trying to create a sales order / sales receipt in QB, then you have sales tax disabled in your company settings:

3140: There is an invalid reference to QuickBooks ItemSalesTax “No Sales Tax – Website” in the SalesReceipt. QuickBooks error message: Transaction Sales Tax is currently disabled by preferences

To correct this message, you’ll need to enable sales tax at the company level by following these steps.

  1. Open QuickBooks with the correct company file
  2. Click the Edit menu then Preferences
  3. From the left vertical tool bar, select Sales Tax
  4. Click the Company Preferences tab
  5. Select Yes in the ‘Do you charge sales tax’ field. (This is a temporary change)
  6. Make sure there is a ‘Most common sales tax’ entry
  7. Click OK.
  8. Uncheck both boxes in the ‘Update Sales Tax’ dialog box then click OK.
  9. You may need to click OK to a confirmation about closing windows.