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Mon Feb 3 2020 20:12:14

Iowa Clerk Asks How to File for Tax Exempt Status on eBay

By: Reader

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Dear Ina,
I am the City Clerk of a small town in Iowa. 

I would like to know the process for filing a tax exempt certificate so we will not be taxed for city items purchased on eBay.  
S.

Note from the editor: eBay explains how to do so on the "Paying tax on eBay purchases" help page, which also allows you to see what documentation it wants and a button to upload the form(s).



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by: catskill This user has validated their user name.

Tue Feb 4 10:23:59 2020

the buyer request an invoice. The seller would have to Email the buyer to obtain the exempt certificate. Then the seller can zero out the sales tax amount.

In New York sellers are required by law to accept valid reseller, exempt, and direct pay certificates. So far, I have not had any buyers make the request.

I am also surprised that Ebay hasn't changed their shopping cart to allow certificates.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ina

Tue Feb 4 21:30:30 2020

eBay now collects the sales tax in many states rather than the seller thanks to new state laws.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Wed Feb 5 17:02:24 2020

You have to file the proper tax exempt paperwork with Ebay.  I've done that for items I purchase that are tax exempt either because I'm purchasing for resale, it becomes part of what I resale or it is shipping supplies.

It is very easy to take care of this.

https://www.ebay.com/help/buying/paying-items/paying-tax-
ebay-purchases?id=4771#section2

Have
your tax except license or certificate ready to be submitted electronically to Ebay.



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