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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.

2 thoughts on “EcommerceBytes Soundoff: Letters to the Editor – August 11, 2019”

  1. In response to the writer who was charged NY sales tax on an item from Germany. The answer is “YES.” I’ve had long phone calls with our NY Sales Tax people. The NY laws are written so that ANYTHING from ANYWHERE brought into the state of NY must have sales tax paid on it.

    Last year I rec’d a bill for $1275 for some product I imported fro Mexico 4 years ago. My friend was charged $270 sales tax on two sweatshirts she purchased from eBay for a total of $18.99 about the same length of time ago. The tax board went to the customs logs & picked out everything purchased by NY residents from outside of the State & then charged penalties & interest.

    This is not heresay–I lived through this & felt the pain. Talked to my tax pro about it & he just said: “They’re brutal–just pay the bill.”

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