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how do i find the before tax number if example total is $106 after 6% what equation will get me to before tax

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Let 'x' represent the cost before tax. 

If the tax on something that costs x dollars is 6%, then the amount of tax on x is:

     (6%/100%)x = (0.06)x

Since the total cost after tax is $106, then

     cost before tax + cost of tax = 106

That is,

     x + 0.06x = 106

Combining like terms, we arrive at the following:

     1.06x = 106

Divide both sides of this equation by 1.06 to solve for x:

     1.06x/1.06 = 106/1.06

      x = 100

Thus, the cost before tax is $100.

You can check this be finding the cost of a 6% tax on something that cost $100, doing so by the following:

     100 · (6%/100%) = 100 · 0.06 = 6

So a tax of 6% on $100 is $6, which means that the total cost is the cost of the object before tax plus the tax amount. That is,

     $100 + $6 = $106

If the tax is 6%, then the total would equal 100% + 6% or 106%. So divide the total by 1.06 to get the pre-tax cost.