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perezfan 01-05-2019 04:14 PM

Ebay Sales Tax on Everything Now?
 
Well, it appears eBay is now charging sales tax on everything (including items from out-of-state sellers). I live in WA and just got hit up for sales tax from a CA Seller. I tried eBay's "Buy It Now" for 8 different out of state sellers, and all 8 were showing sales tax.

Perhaps this has already been discussed, but I did not realize every purchase (regardless of seller's locale) would be taxed in 2019. In my case, the tax amount varies, but averages just above 10%.

Is anybody else experiencing this same thing?

Leon 01-05-2019 04:17 PM

I just bought and paid for some cards (a few minutes ago) and didn't see any tax from an out of state (to me) seller.

perezfan 01-05-2019 04:20 PM

Interesting....

I wonder how they are targeting the people who must pay the tax. My actual purchase + the 8 items I previewed ALL wanted to charge sales tax in excess of 10%. :mad:

Exhibitman 01-05-2019 04:26 PM

I think it has to do with your state. I noticed when I listed stuff that two states (WA and MN I think) were assessing sales tax on my listings if sold to their residents even though I am in CA. You might check with your state's board of equalization.

perezfan 01-05-2019 04:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Exhibitman (Post 1842699)
I think it has to do with your state. I noticed when I listed stuff that two states (WA and MN I think) were assessing sales tax on my listings if sold to their residents even though I am in CA. You might check with your state's board of equalization.

Youíre right. I just got off the phone with eBay, and they confirmed it. Sales tax will be implemented by state, as follows...

January-
Washington
Minnesota

February-
Iowa

April-
Connecticut

May-
New Jersey

July-
Alabama
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania

Iím sure other states will subsequently follow. But thatís as far as eBay would say for the time-being. Bummer :(

Buythatcard 01-05-2019 05:11 PM

You would think that eBay would notify all of its sellers and buyers just what to expect. If it wasn't for this board, I would never have heard a single word about it.

JollyElm 01-05-2019 05:15 PM

As a test, I went to checkout with a few random things in my cart from a couple of different states (with FL and NC, I believe), and only the ones from California hammered me with tax.

perezfan 01-05-2019 05:17 PM

So you must live in CA.

Enjoy the out-of-state purchases while you still can!

JollyElm 01-05-2019 05:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by perezfan (Post 1842727)
So you must live in CA.

Enjoy the out-of-state purchases while you still can!

Yeah, and when ebay does their 15% off coupons, buying anything from out here would basically negate the discount you were looking to get. Frickin' bummer!!!!!

Fred 01-05-2019 06:11 PM

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for paying taxes when it makes sense....

I understand paying sales tax on NEW things, but for used items and hobby collectibles that are not new, it just doesn't make sense. What could happen is you could buy something on ebay (taxes collected), sell it (taxes collected), the person that buys it from you could sell it (taxes collected). When does it stop. Basically it's a tax for selling anything. Where I live there are things that are tax exempt, for example FOOD. Why can't there be exemptions for USED crap? :confused:

What this amounts to is being taxed on ANYTHING that is purchased, even if taxes had been paid on it before. In my book, that's bullshittt. :mad:

If it's collecting taxes on hobby related materials that is NEW (for example, card pages or holders, etc) then hit me up on taxes, I'm happy to pay them.:o

Buy something on Amazon or ebay that's new, TAX it. :o Buy a frigging baseball collectible that is not new, then leave it the PHUC alone. :mad:

Someone needs to start a virtual/internet "Boston Tea Party". :(

conor912 01-05-2019 06:41 PM

Ahhh. This explains the mystery charge to my PP account. The other day I bought a PC for $7.75/dlvd. The charge showed as $7.75, but then there was a wierd separate mystery charge of $.78, which is WA sales tax (10.1%). I guess the party's over. Tax in HA, now tax on eBay...soon tax everywhere.

BeanTown 01-05-2019 07:08 PM

Didn't California propose charging tax on every text message? So, who collects the eBay tax and then is responsible for paying it? Please don't tell me the seller.

keithsky 01-05-2019 07:36 PM

So as a collector and not a business if I sell something in one of the state's you said do I collect the tax and then have to pay it on a tax form at tax time with my personal taxes? If so looks like I won't be selling anymore and most casual collectors won't either.

PiratesWS1979 01-05-2019 08:07 PM

Will the tax come from all sellers or just the ones over a certain dollar/item amount per year?

egbeachley 01-05-2019 08:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by keithsky (Post 1842778)
So as a collector and not a business if I sell something in one of the state's you said do I collect the tax and then have to pay it on a tax form at tax time with my personal taxes? If so looks like I won't be selling anymore and most casual collectors won't either.

No, your personal taxes are paid to your state. You would either send the cash to that state after filling out their form or, more likely, eBay would do it for you.

steve B 01-05-2019 09:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by egbeachley (Post 1842800)
No, your personal taxes are paid to your state. You would either send the cash to that state after filling out their form or, more likely, eBay would do it for you.

Except here in Mass you need to get a sales tax number from the revenue dept. Without it you don't have the right to collect sales tax. With it you do, but you also can file paperwork with a vendor to be exempt from sales tax on items for resale.


So will Ebay handle the paperwork of getting the tax number for me? And filing all the forms which have varying deadlines depending on overall sales?


Or do they collect and send me the tax, which I have no right to collect and essentially no way to pay to the state as there's no resale number to apply the payment to.


The first way pretty much wrecks Ebays claim to be "just a venue"
The second basically forces casual sellers to break state law.

steve B 01-05-2019 09:24 PM

Also, to be entirely correct, ours is a sales and use tax, so if I buy from another state, and Ebay forces me to pay their sales tax, then I'm technically required to pay my states use tax as well. (which has always been true, but I don't know anyone who actually pays that)

egbeachley 01-05-2019 09:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by steve B (Post 1842817)
Also, to be entirely correct, ours is a sales and use tax, so if I buy from another state, and Ebay forces me to pay their sales tax, then I'm technically required to pay my states use tax as well. (which has always been true, but I don't know anyone who actually pays that)

If you buy from another state they will charge you Sales tax based on your state and send the tax collected to your state. Hence you donít need to pay Use tax as they already received it from the sale side of the transaction.

dariushou 01-05-2019 10:34 PM

https://www.ebay.com/help/selling/fe...harges?id=4121

seems like some of the states exempt sellers from collecting sales tax if sales to that state are less than $10,000. At least the first two were that way (Minnesota & Washington).

dariushou 01-05-2019 10:41 PM

Do you have economic nexus in California?

Effective April 1, 2019, California considers retailers who make more than $100,000 in taxable annual sales or conduct more than 200 transactions annually to have economic nexus. This means the state considers these sellers are now obligated to collect sales tax from buyers in that state.

I always thought you had to be in business to collect sales tax. Guess that's why the states are putting dollar thresholds. Sufficient nexus if $100k or higher...that makes sense...stinks still though.

Exhibitman 01-05-2019 11:00 PM

Per eBay for marketplace responsibility tax states: ďOnce eBay starts to collect tax in the above states, no action is required on your part, and there will be no charges or fees for eBay automatically calculating, collecting and remitting sales taxĒ

GeoPoto 01-06-2019 04:54 AM

How many cards do you have to sell each year to qualify as a "dealer" and sales tax exemption. May give you an incentive to buy/sell some cards just to qualify.

itslarry 01-06-2019 10:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GeoPoto (Post 1842863)
How many cards do you have to sell each year to qualify as a "dealer" and sales tax exemption. May give you an incentive to buy/sell some cards just to qualify.

Isn't there a form?
Like starting any small business?

Exhibitman 01-06-2019 03:27 PM

In CA you just have to register to get a resale permit. But, if you get into the system two facts apply:

1: You have to file a sales tax return every year or more frequently if the state says to; and

2: You have to track your untaxed buys and remit use tax.

It isn't just a free sales tax pass: if you abuse the exemption and you are caught, you will have trouble.

conor912 01-06-2019 04:02 PM

As this goes nationwide, I'll be interested to see how this affects eBay sales. Seems like a sneaky rollout on eBay's part. At some point buyers will catch on. The question is will they care or will they start factoring it in a la the juice in an AH.

gzman 01-06-2019 10:09 PM

eBay is handling all of the collection and remittance of the sales tax..but, how do they know what is taxed and not taxed in each of these states...my game used jerseys are clothing, and, clothing is not taxed in many states...how do they exclude collection of sales tax for certain items?
I live in a state where clothing is tax free...any game used jerseys I buy, wherever they are from, should not be taxed...

Lorewalker 01-06-2019 10:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Exhibitman (Post 1843014)


2: You have to track your untaxed buys and remit use tax.

Isn't that just for personal use purchases and not inventory related purchases?

Stampsfan 01-07-2019 02:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Exhibitman (Post 1842837)
Per eBay for marketplace responsibility tax states: ďOnce eBay starts to collect tax in the above states, no action is required on your part, and there will be no charges or fees for eBay automatically calculating, collecting and remitting sales taxĒ

I wonder how long it will be before eBay starts charging for that service?

silvor 01-07-2019 07:21 AM

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Northviewcats 01-07-2019 10:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stampsfan (Post 1843201)
I wonder how long it will be before eBay starts charging for that service?

I'm sure that it costs eBay a lot to collect and send the tax to the States. The executives at Ebay are smart. It would not surprise me to learn that eBay has already negotiated with the States to deduct their costs of collecting the tax from their distributions to individual States.

It could be a great deal for both eBay and the States.

ramram 01-07-2019 10:18 AM

With the windfall that the states will be receiving as this internet tax net grows wider even beyond ebay, I wonder if they'll reduce the tax rates? :rolleyes:

Rob M

savedfrommyspokes 01-07-2019 12:47 PM

When I ordered my ebay shipping supplies and paid for them with my quarterly ebay supplies coupon, I was charged sales tax. This quarterly coupon does not cover the sales tax (as indicated in t/c), so I had to use $12 of my ebay bucks to get my "free" ebay s/h supplies. What is weird is I have paid for multiple other things since January 1st, including within my own state, and have not been charged any sales tax anywhere except here. The supplies mailed out of KY, so I am not sure why this state is charging sales tax now. Perhaps this supplies vendor is large enough they are collecting for my home state. Hopefully ebay will change the terms on this coupon to allow it to cover the sales tax on my "free" stuff.

Yastrzemski Sports 01-07-2019 01:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by savedfrommyspokes (Post 1843301)
When I ordered my ebay shipping supplies and paid for them with my quarterly ebay supplies coupon, I was charged sales tax. This quarterly coupon does not cover the sales tax (as indicated in t/c), so I had to use $12 of my ebay bucks to get my "free" ebay s/h supplies. What is weird is I have paid for multiple other things since January 1st, including within my own state, and have not been charged any sales tax anywhere except here. The supplies mailed out of KY, so I am not sure why this state is charging sales tax now. Perhaps this supplies vendor is large enough they are collecting for my home state. Hopefully ebay will change the terms on this coupon to allow it to cover the sales tax on my "free" stuff.

They may now automatically add tax to shipping supplies because they are not generally items you are buying to resell. You are buying them to use them and do not qualify for nontax status.
They used to send me quarterly coupons through my messages and I haven’t received any in a while. I am going to contact them to find my supply money. Thanks.

savedfrommyspokes 01-07-2019 08:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yastrzemski Sports (Post 1843324)
They may now automatically add tax to shipping supplies because they are not generally items you are buying to resell. You are buying them to use them and do not qualify for nontax status.
They used to send me quarterly coupons through my messages and I havenít received any in a while. I am going to contact them to find my supply money. Thanks.

My state has a $100k (no transaction) threshold for having to collect taxes, so my guess is that they are collecting for my home state. No longer need to claim the value of my free supplies on my use tax filing.


I have not received a message about the ebay supply coupon in a few years. However, you can access your code by clicking on the "promotions" tab and then clicking on "subscriber discounts". Your code will be found when click on "see details" under the shipping supplies box.

thecatspajamas 01-09-2019 09:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yastrzemski Sports (Post 1843324)
They used to send me quarterly coupons through my messages and I havenít received any in a while. I am going to contact them to find my supply money. Thanks.

Go to: https://www.sd.ebay.com/subscriberdiscounts

Assuming you have an eBay Store subscription, the first item should be a link to your quarterly coupon code for shipping supplies based on your store subscription level.

Bram99 01-10-2019 06:25 AM

Funniest post this year
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ramram (Post 1843261)
With the windfall that the states will be receiving as this internet tax net grows wider even beyond ebay, I wonder if they'll reduce the tax rates? :rolleyes:

Rob M

That is truly funny. I will more likely see a Chocolate, Rainbow colored, T-Rex-acorn before my state (Illinois) decides they have too much tax revenue and can start lowering rates! But that was funny.

deeg23 01-10-2019 06:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thecatspajamas (Post 1844058)
Go to: https://www.sd.ebay.com/subscriberdiscounts

Assuming you have an eBay Store subscription, the first item should be a link to your quarterly coupon code for shipping supplies based on your store subscription level.

Thank you for that!! I was wondering where my coupon was last quarter!

Rhotchkiss 01-10-2019 06:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ramram (Post 1843261)
With the windfall that the states will be receiving as this internet tax net grows wider even beyond ebay, I wonder if they'll reduce the tax rates? :rolleyes:

Rob M

Rob, of course they will Not. They will just spend more. Many states are already in dire straits (see Illinois), and very fiscally responsible states like California (sarcasm) have vowed to provide global health care to all, including ďnon citizensĒ. Most Politicians are morons and they would rather pass laws and spend money than pay down debt and unfunded obligations. Itís like giving a 10 year old a $1000 - youíll get a bunch of candy and Fortnite skins!

Yastrzemski Sports 01-10-2019 12:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by deeg23 (Post 1844095)
Thank you for that!! I was wondering where my coupon was last quarter!

Ok, so if you go to My eBay - under the account tab Manage My Store - then on the left click Subscriber Discounts. Your coupon is there.

We used to get a message from them every quarter when the coupon was available. I hadnít noticed that it has probably been 6 months since I got supplies. I was assuming they ended the program. They just made it more difficult to cash in on their offering to stores.

Thanks for mentioning the supplies. I am going to use my $50 today. Much appreciated.

JollyElm 01-10-2019 05:28 PM

I was going to reply to this thread, but when I reached to put a plastic straw in my Diet Dr. Pepper, I was arrested.

tjb1952tjb 01-12-2019 12:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bram99 (Post 1844090)
That is truly funny. I will more likely see a Chocolate, Rainbow colored, T-Rex-acorn before my state (Illinois) decides they have too much tax revenue and can start lowering rates! But that was funny.

Ditto California...................

JustinD 01-12-2019 12:58 PM

Personally, I can see some great opportunities for new business in sales tax exempt states. One could create a po box type mail center for buyers in high tax states and then mail the item to the subscriber tax free as this is address based.

Here in Detroit there are many businesses that provide po boxes to Canadians looking to avoid tax and excessive shipping on bought goods and no one bats an eye. I am sure the Canadian tax authorities hate it, but they advertise openly.

I know people are going to jump on this as working the system, but as I consider sales tax on used goods a sham in excess of skipping tax on on those goods...I couldn't care less.

MikeKam 01-12-2019 01:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JustinD (Post 1844706)
Personally, I can see some great opportunities for new business in sales tax exempt states. One could create a po box type mail center for buyers in high tax states and then mail the item to the subscriber tax free as this is address based.

Here in Detroit there are many businesses that provide po boxes to Canadians looking to avoid tax and excessive shipping on bought goods and no one bats an eye. I am sure the Canadian tax authorities hate it, but they advertise openly.

I know people are going to jump on this as working the system, but as I consider sales tax on used goods a sham in excess of skipping tax on on those goods...I couldn't care less.

I'm a Canadian using one of those PO boxes to save on the cost of shipping, but I can assure you that I still pay taxes on every item that is purchased. Items still go through the regular import process and taxes are calculated which I am responsible for.

The only real benefit is that the actual cost of shipping is lower - which is still great as I'm probably paying a third of what I used to haha.

frankbmd 01-12-2019 01:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rhotchkiss (Post 1844097)
Rob, of course they will Not. They will just spend more. Many states are already in dire straits (see Illinois), and very fiscally responsible states like California (sarcasm) have vowed to provide global health care to all, including ďnon citizensĒ. Most Politicians are morons and they would rather pass laws and spend money than pay down debt and unfunded obligations. Itís like giving a 10 year old a $1000 - youíll get a bunch of candy and Fortnite skins!

Ryan, you got me. Until I looked it up, I assumed Fortnite skins referred to a condom that lasted two weeks.

Rhotchkiss 01-12-2019 01:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by frankbmd (Post 1844730)
Ryan, you got me. Until I looked it up, I assumed Fortnite skins referred to a condom that lasted two weeks.

Thatís classic Frank! I have 3 boys (15, 13, and 10) and Fortnite is bigger to these kids than cards are to us cardboard nuts. I have grow to hate Fortnite, especially when my kids fight me over spending $$ on Fortnite skins. If the states were smart, they would tax Fortnite - I donít think internet purchases of games that are streamed, or the intangibles purchased on those games (like skins, virtual weapon, extra lives, etc) are taxable yet.

Santo10Fan 01-13-2019 05:40 PM

I'm in Illinois and added an item from CA seller to check what you mentioned here. Did not see sales tax added to invoice.

JollyElm 01-13-2019 05:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Santo10Fan (Post 1845017)
I'm in Illinois and added an item from CA seller to check what you mentioned here. Did not see sales tax added to invoice.

Try that with other CA sellers and see if it is added. I'm out here and once in awhile when I do a test by adding something to my cart, a CA seller won't have the sales tax factored in for some reason. Don't know if it's on purpose or some some sort of crack in the system.

OLDBILL 01-13-2019 06:33 PM

If you live in CA and buy a card from a CA seller, you get taxed.

JollyElm 01-13-2019 07:44 PM

2 Attachment(s)
Yeah, why let facts get in the way...

Attachment 340479

Red box (added from the actual listing) shows item location as California. I live in California, and like I specifically said, sometimes the tax doesn't show up.


Another two CA cards I put in my cart cost around $400 and had tax of $32+ listed...

Attachment 340480

thecatspajamas 01-14-2019 06:18 AM

Without knowing for sure, I would hypothesize that eBay is now adding sales tax for specific states when out-of-state purchases are being shipped to that state (i.e. Use Tax), but is still leaving it up to sellers who reside in those states to collect and remit Sales Tax to their state as before. This would make it appear hit-and-miss for application of sales tax for in-state buyers. Did the Wayfair court ruling that all of this was based on even speak to application of in-state sales tax for internet purchases?

I haven't tested this theory. Just throwing it out there for consideration.


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