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eBay Starts Collecting Sales Tax with More States to Come

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eBay Starts Collecting Sales Tax with More States to Come

eBay announced in October it would begin collecting sales tax in 4 states in 2019 due to new laws that extend the tax collection obligation to marketplaces (known as Marketplace Facilitator laws). Note that online marketplace Etsy had already begun collecting such sales tax in 2018.

eBay began collecting sales tax on January 1, 2019, for transactions where buyers are based in Washington and Minnesota, and it said it would begin collecting sales tax in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma beginning July 1, 2019.

But states have been busy passing legislation in the wake of the Supreme Court’s June 2018 “South Dakota vs Wayfair” ruling, and eBay has added to the list of states for which it said it must collect sales tax.

“Based on applicable tax laws, eBay will calculate, collect, and remit sales tax on behalf of sellers for items shipped to customers in the following states,” it wrote on its help pages, and listed the following 8 states along with the dates it would comply: Minnesota, Washington, Iowa, Connecticut, New Jersey, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.

According to the help page, “Once 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 tax. The collection process will apply to all sales, whether the seller is located in or outside of the United States.”

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eBay said in October, “We believe this ruling is unfair to small businesses and will continue to find the best way to support and advocate for our sellers.” But for marketplace-only sellers, the Marketplace Facilitator laws may be preferable to having to calculate, collect, and remit sales tax themselves.

Be sure to read eBay’s full help page carefully, and keep checking back for updates.

You can find more information about Marketplace Facilitator laws on various sites, such as this recent post published on December 28th on tax-software firm Avalara’s blog.

Update 1/4/2019: Comment on the AuctionBytes Blog.

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2 thoughts on “eBay Starts Collecting Sales Tax with More States to Come”

  1. Well, looks like July 1st is the end if Mangled Payments doesn’t get me by then. This Internet tax is just the perfect storm of crybaby local stores that don’t try to compete, coddling the rich with more tax giveaways, and greedy unrepresentative government.

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