# Calculate formula conditional on entered value

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### #1 jeffmerritt

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# Calculate formula conditional on entered value

Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:49 PM

I'm new to javascript and I apologize if this is really simple but I've been trying adapt code from forums and unfortunately it's just not working.

I want someone to enter their income and based on that value, I need to calculate the tax surcharge they'd face.

If they enter \$500,000 or less, the answer should be \$0

If they enter any number >\$500,000, I need to execute the following formula to get the answer:

((income - 500000)*0.043)-((income - 500000)*0.03876))+18122

I'm going to attach my code below but I think I may be completely misunderstanding how to approach this.

```
<script language="javascript">

function convert (form)

if (form.income.value<500000.01);
{
form.result.value = 0
}

else
{
form.result.value = ((form.income.value - 500000) * 0.043) - ((form.income.value - 500000) * 0.03876)) + 18122;
}

</script>

<form method="post">Annual income:<input name="income" onchange="convert(this.form)" type="text" value="">
<p><input name="calculate" onclick="convert(this.form)" type="button" value="calculate"></p>
<p>Amount of tax surcharge:<input name="result" type="text" value=""></p></form>

```

This post has been edited by Dormilich: 13 April 2013 - 06:00 AM
Reason for edit:: fixed typo

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### #2 Dormilich

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## Re: Calculate formula conditional on entered value

Posted 13 April 2013 - 12:23 AM

open the error console, and check what messages are there.

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## Re: Calculate formula conditional on entered value

Posted 13 April 2013 - 03:48 AM

You might want to ensure you're operating on actual numbers via the parseFloat() function.

### #4 jeffmerritt

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## Re: Calculate formula conditional on entered value

Posted 13 April 2013 - 12:54 PM

Here are the 3 errors that I'm getting:

Uncaught SyntaxError: Unexpected token else

Uncaught ReferenceError: convert is not defined
onchange

Uncaught ReferenceError: convert is not defined
onclick

The webpage where this is posted is http://advocate.nyc.gov/taxday

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

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## Re: Calculate formula conditional on entered value

Posted 13 April 2013 - 01:06 PM

The first hint comes from "Unexpected token else", which means...something before that is not right. Like this line:

```if (form.income.value<500000.01);
```

That semi-colon throws everything off, because now it's an empty (no-op) if statement, the next block executes always (unassociated with the if) and then the parser comes and finds an else out of nowhere.

Your entire function needs to be in {}s.

```function myFunc()
{
// Meat of function goes here
}
```

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## Re: Calculate formula conditional on entered value

Posted 13 April 2013 - 01:29 PM

Here, obviously this isn't homework.

```<html>
<script type="text/javascript">
function convert (form)
{
// Remove whitespace
var incomeText = form.income.value.replace(/^s+|\s+\$/g, '');

// If empty, this is wrong.
if (incomeText.length === 0)
{
return false;
}

// It's also wrong if the value is not a valid float.
var income = parseFloat(incomeText);
if (isNaN(income))
{
return false;
}

if (income <= 500000.0)
{
form.result.value = 0;
}
else
{
var agi = income - 500000;
var surcharge = (agi * 0.043) - (agi * 0.03876) + 18122;
form.result.value = surcharge.toFixed(2);
}
}
</script>
<body>
<form method="post">
<p>Annual income: \$<input name="income" onchange="convert(this.form)" type="text" value=""></p>
<p><input name="calculate" onclick="convert(this.form)" type="button" value="calculate"></p>
<p>Amount of tax surcharge: \$<input name="result" type="text" value=""></p>
</form>
</body>
</html>

```

### #7 jeffmerritt

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## Re: Calculate formula conditional on entered value

Posted 13 April 2013 - 05:19 PM

JackOfAllTrades-- Thank you so very much for your help with this. Now seeing your approach, it all makes a lot of sense. I would've been up all night trying to get to this point - thank you. This is part of a news story which will go to press tomorrow AM in New York related to tax day on Monday.

Best,
Jeff