01-26-2019, 11:43 AM
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Another reason to avoid buying on eBay: I was just reminded that as of January 1, eBay is charging me a 10% sales tax on each of my eBay purchases. They will collect sales tax from any buyers in "marketplace responsibility states," including Minnesota, Washington, Iowa, Connecticut, New Jersey, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. And eBay says, "Additional states will be added to this list at a later date." Man, they just get you coming and going...

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 01-26-2019, 12:20 PM
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If you think about the number of times your dollar gets taxed, it can get pretty frustrating.

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 01-26-2019, 12:35 PM
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Unfortunately, states imposing sales taxes on out-of-state online purchases is gaining momentum.

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 01-26-2019, 12:57 PM
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Collecting sales tax is fair, since all brick and mortar stores do.  However, PA state sales tax is 6%, not 10% so where does the extra $$$ go?

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 01-26-2019, 01:19 PM
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(01-26-2019, 12:35 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Unfortunately, states imposing sales taxes on out-of-state online purchases is gaining momentum.

From your monicker, I assume that you are a lawyer, as I am.  

The Supremes long ago ruled that states may impose sales (and use) taxes only upon their own citizens (o.k., “domiciliaries”).   That means that when a resident of State W, a sales tax state, purchases an item in State O, a non-sales-tax state, the resident of W is liable to pay a tax to the State of W (technically, now a “use tax” rather than a “sales tax”), where the purchaser resides and benefits from representation for (and the revenues generated by) his or her taxation.   While it may seem to be a distinction without a difference, there is a difference, and the difference is that the tax is not imposed upon the sale of the item in state O, but is imposed on the prospective use by the purchaser who resides in state W, and therefore is subject to W’s tax statutes.

Of course, it is theoretically possible that the legislature of State W could amend its statutes to exempt the residents of W from use taxes on items that the residents have purchased in O; that certainly would gladden the hearts, and fatten the pocketbooks, of merchants in O.  But the screams of opposition in the halls of Olympia from the merchants of W probably could be heard in the streets of Spokane, and you will not see such an exemption enacted in the legislature of W.

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 01-26-2019, 01:48 PM
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What I really don't like about Ebay is that they get a 10% commission on your ACTUAL shipping cost and on top of that they add 24% tax. How about that? This is theft.

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 01-26-2019, 01:51 PM
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Maybe we should all just move to Delaware.

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 01-26-2019, 05:52 PM
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Or stop purchasing from online selling sights and drive sales to forums like this one. If companies like E-Bay and Pay-Pal start losing a significant amount of revenue due to their un-ethical and politically driven policies, and we let them know why, it's likely that their greed will pressure them to change their operational guidelines.      PERHAPS!

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 01-26-2019, 06:55 PM
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I have a friend that used to make a living selling on that site. According to him they kept raising and adding so many fees here and there that it made it nearly impossible to make any money on anything. He still sells select items on there, but it’s definitely a side gig these days. It doesn’t surprise me at all the site would next turn to the purchaser to up their monetary intake.

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 01-26-2019, 06:59 PM
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I don't think it was eBay's decision to apply the sales tax.  I believe that the government of my state, Washington, passed a law requiring that online sales be taxed, with the revenues to go to the state coffers, and eBay's role is just to collect and remit the tax money.

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 01-26-2019, 07:33 PM
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States are losing $$$ and they have to make it up somehow.

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 01-26-2019, 10:11 PM
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Any idea if eBay sends the 10% or actual sales tax rate to the state?  Additional issue is some items are exempt from sales tax (my state exempts clothes, food, medicine).
 
Secondly, I understand paying sales tax for Amazon purchases.  I do not understand sales tax on two vintage Gillette razors sold by Grandma Alice after her husband was moved to a memory care facility.  eBay has the tools and legal staff to help the small time sellers.

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 01-27-2019, 04:18 AM
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(01-26-2019, 07:33 PM)Panther308 Wrote: States are losing $$$ and they have to make it up somehow.
Signs011  I could add more, BUT I won't.... Dodgy

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 01-27-2019, 10:32 AM
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(01-26-2019, 10:11 PM)SCOV Wrote: Any idea if eBay sends the 10% or actual sales tax rate to the state?  Additional issue is some items are exempt from sales tax (my state exempts clothes, food, medicine).
 
Secondly, I understand paying sales tax for Amazon purchases.  I do not understand sales tax on two vintage Gillette razors sold by Grandma Alice after her husband was moved to a memory care facility.  eBay has the tools and legal staff to help the small time sellers.

Some states consider the money you get from selling items (online or f-t-f) as income and expect you to declare it on your state income tax. NY, for example, wants you to report what you got for selling your old car to a private individual. Of course they don't let you consider the original price you paid for the vehicle cost of goods sold.

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 01-27-2019, 04:00 PM
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Well that's some bs

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 01-28-2019, 07:14 AM
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The sales tax issue goes back many years and actually a Supreme Court ruling.  Minnesota's rules apply to companies that either make 100 sales or $100,000 dollars worth of sales to Minnesotans.

The recent tax law change did eliminate the deduction for hobby expenses from hobby income.  No idea of the logic.  Previously,  a B/S/T of a razor for $100 that cost $125 when new was not taxable.  Today, the $100 selling price is fully taxable.  Life would be easier if TSN could give a total B/S/T sales annually by Jan. 31 (sarcasm)

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 01-29-2019, 03:49 PM
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(01-26-2019, 06:59 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: I don't think it was eBay's decision to apply the sales tax.  I believe that the government of my state, Washington, passed a law requiring that online sales be taxed, with the revenues to go to the state coffers, and eBay's role is just to collect and remit the tax money.

+1

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 01-30-2019, 10:28 AM
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(01-26-2019, 12:35 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Unfortunately, states imposing sales taxes on out-of-state online purchases is gaining momentum.

I guess that is because we let them...  Nobody to blame but ourselves.   Dodgy

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 02-16-2019, 04:51 PM
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I agree !



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Another reason to avoid buying on eBay: I was just reminded that as of January 1, eBay is charging me a 10% sales tax on each of my eBay purchases. They will collect sales tax from any buyers in "marketplace responsibility states," including Minnesota, Washington, Iowa, Connecticut, New Jersey, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. And eBay says, "Additional states will be added to this list at a later date." Man, they just get you coming and going...
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 02-21-2019, 01:57 PM
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Interesting as I've had about 10-12 orders so far this year on ebay and the only ones that have charged me sales tax are sellers that are in the same state as I am... I think that was maybe 3 of them so far.

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