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Old 01-05-2019, 05:14 PM
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Default 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?

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Old 01-05-2019, 05:17 PM
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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.
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Old 01-05-2019, 05:20 PM
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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%.
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Old 01-05-2019, 05:26 PM
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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.
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Old 01-05-2019, 05:37 PM
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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.
Youre 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

Im sure other states will subsequently follow. But thats as far as eBay would say for the time-being. Bummer
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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.
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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.
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So you must live in CA.

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

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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!!!!!
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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?

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.

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.

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

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