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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

3 thoughts on “Etsy Clarifies Its Sales Tax Obligations”

  1. How nice. Etsy the little drop in the ocean has clarified the problem and say what will happen going forward.

    ALL THE WHILE Ebay the big shark in the ocean continues to try to relevant by staying silent. One would think something like this would have come from ebay first.


  2. Give Etsy credit acknowledging that collecting tax is going to be way harder than it would appear. The candy and yarn examples are just the start.

    I ran into this a couple of years ago making an Amazon purchase of spices. In my state (NY) “food seasonings” are exempt. I was charged sales tax. I contacted Amazon with a request for a refund and the response was “You live in New York, you pay tax.” I sent them the formal list from the state website and eventually they did send a refund but not without a fight.

    At least Etsy is recognizing the difficulties with taxable/non-taxable, but there is another iron in the fire. Once you figure out whether the kind of candy and yarn are taxable, the additional question is if the taxing jurisdiction may have had a different rate at the time the purchase was made. Every time I fill in my form there is always some jurisdiction where (for example) a city within that jurisdiction has enacted a different rate for a period of a few weeks or so.

    So if the item is indeed taxable, and has been sold to someone in the city where a temporary 1/4% increase in tax rate was in effect from May 20 through August 1, I have to check my records and note the date the sale was made.

  3. Already the impact in flea markets in Pa. is serious. Sales by too early morning sharks= eBay & Etsy buyers is dropping fast…… This will seriously hurt the Pa. economy! Simply put that money by flea market buyers was being used locally in Pa. regions; for basic necessities; Bread, gas, soap, electric. Now what? “Every point of refuge has it’s Price”! Welfare cost will sky-Rocket

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