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Old 05-03-2019, 12:02 PM
BobC BobC is offline
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Originally Posted by thecatspajamas View Post
You're right that I don't see a way for a buyer to convey to eBay which purchases fall into which category. In these cases, one would presumably still have to remit the applicable tax to their state as before. Or would have to establish a separate eBay account for such non-for-resale purchases (probably not a bad idea anyway). This would still be preferable to the previous situation though of eBay not having any way for resellers to avoid eating the sales tax on ALL purchases, regardless of whether intended for resale or personal use.
And that is only the tip of the iceberg. It can get way more complicated and worse than that. Each state with sales taxes has their own unique set of rules of what is and isn't taxable and so on. Not sure how good of a job Ebay is going to do in implementing and then keeping track of the specific rules for each and every state, and then also keep track and make updates as those laws may change. For example, I seem to remember someone saying that in Minnesota they don't charge sales tax on clothing. So what do you do when someone lists say an autographed baseball jersey for sale on Ebay to a buyer in Minnesota? Technically since the jersey can be considered as a wearable piece of clothing, I would guess it should be exempt from Minnesota sales tax, right? But if it is listed in the sports or autographed memorabilia section of Ebay, where it rightly should be, will Ebay be able to detect and properly not charge a resident of Minnesota sales tax on it if they did buy it? See how easily and quickly this can get complicated and difficult to keep track of. And if Ebay is going to assume and take on the responsibility for the collection of these state sales taxes, that is also going to open them up for these states to come in and audit there sales tax collection and remittance activities. And with the sheer size and volume of sales activity on Ebay and potential amounts of sales tax to be collected, it is truly a question of when they will start to get audited by various states, not if.
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