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Mon Dec 6 2021 11:07:08

Florida Buyer Fuming over eBay Sales Tax Practice

By: Reader

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Dear Ina,
So, eBay's still at it, scamming buyers and sellers in Florida. Here in Sunny FLA, US Coins are Non Taxable.

Our legislature made sure it would be so by specifically exempting them from sales tax.

eBay is still charging sales tax on US coins, NOT applying the Florida Marketplace Sellers Tax Law fairly and honestly.

You live in FLA, and buy a US coin and don't have an exemption on file, you're paying sales tax and the seller is paying 8.5% in fees on the sales tax that was fraudulently charged.

I've been beating my head against the wall on this one. Every call I make on this, wastes hours of my time and gets me nowhere.  In my latest call, a rep literally told me that there was nothing they can do and that it's the IRS and I have to get a refund form the IRS.

That's all incorrect, so when I demanded to speak to a supervisor I got hung up on after 45 minutes on hold.

We NEED a daring attorney willing to take on eBay in a class action suit to get this resolved.

It's sales tax fraud plain and simple. At this point, eBay is well aware of the issue and as it continues, it proves how they put profits over principles wherever possible.

If you buy coins on eBay and live in Florida, here's what you need to know.

The LAW
Section J, Paragraph C, Line #2 states:
"Such tax shall be at a rate of 6 percent of the price at which the coin or currency is sold, exchanged, or traded, except that, with respect to a coin or currency which is legal tender of the United States and which is sold, exchanged, or traded, such tax shall not be levied."

Be sure to quote that when you call Feebay to complain about the fraudulent tax charges!
Concerned reader from Florida



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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Mon Dec 6 12:47:23 2021

@Concerned Reader from Florida - Have you tried filing a complaint with the Florida Attorney General's Office? How about the Florida Better Business Bureau? eBay only takes notice if they get bad publicity, or receive communication from official sources.

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by: papergoy This user has validated their user name.

Mon Dec 6 15:13:23 2021

I suspect if you contact the Florida Sales Tax Agency, they may get involved as well.  I cannot speak for Florida, only for New York State, but up here at least you don't want to run afoul of sales tax.  I suspect if you get the right person who makes a call over to eBay on an official call to their legal department, the programmers would figure it out.  

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Dec 7 09:10:29 2021

Laws - especially tax laws- DONT apply to eBay

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by: Gumball This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 9 01:29:02 2021

I don't know about anyone else, but I know that I pay 12% fees on both postage and sales tax, not 8%, so my Ebay fees went up considerably this year.  

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by: comments This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 9 05:57:13 2021

Actually I had the same problem. If you contact ebay support and politely explain the exemption they will review the facts provided and issue you a refund for the tax you were charged in error, then they will add an exemption to your account.

I have a very positive experience with ebay working to help to resolve the problem and they are definitely aware of the issue.

Before you get upset please reach out to ebay and stay calm. They will do what is right.

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by: railady This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 9 09:49:25 2021

@comments - It sounds like you were lucky enough to get through to an eBay rep who could/would actually fix a problem -- unlike OP, at least so far.  It sounds like eBay has been wrongly charging tax to ALL Florida residents who have bought coins/currency.  My suggestion would be to think about contacting the Florida Dept of Revenue - which is here in this list of ALL state tax/finance departments:

https://www.ebay.com/help/selling/fees-credits-inv
oices/taxes-import-charges?id=4121#section4

If
you are exempt from paying taxes here is the page to file a certificate with eBay, so they will not charge tax on your purchases -- scroll down to the specific paragraph:

https://pages.ebay.com/seller-center/service-and-payments/tax-
information.html



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by: ByeByeEbay This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 9 12:31:11 2021

Many stores brick and mortar and online charge sales tax on items they are not supposed to.  I was told that you have to file for a refund with the tax entity of that state. Most people won't file for a refund as it is time consuming. Business's at least in Texas make out as they get to keep a portion of the sales tax they collect as a handling fee plus they get the cash flow of the money until it is remitted to the state.   Sorry, but it is either a class action lawsuit possibility or a cost of doing business.

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by: AnotherTime This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 9 13:59:06 2021

The sales tax policies of most all online marketplaces is a sham.  Sites make money off of sales tax thru increased fee levels.  That is wrong! That money belongs to the state alone... not the seller nor the market platform.  It's time for class action suit and correction.  

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 9 14:00:55 2021

“ They will do what is right.”

Like, instead of fraudulently withholding undue taxes in the first place?  And then promptly correcting any action without having to be ‘fortunate enough’ to find someone both empowered and competent enough to speak to in the first place?

Clearly they are “aware” of the issue.  It’s a cash cow.  But it’s long past time for ‘calmly’ waiting for them to “do what’s right” - in the first place.

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by: CBW This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 9 15:12:11 2021

I didn't notice this mentioned but are the coins being bought from a Florida seller? As far as I know it's the state of the seller that determines the sales tax.  

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by: railady This user has validated their user name.

Fri Dec 10 21:17:07 2021

@CBW - who is liable to pay tax on a purchase varies from state to state.  Here is an interesting and helpful article:

https://www.wolterskluwer.com/en/expert-insights/understanding
-your-sales-tax-rules-and-obligations

I
don't know about Florida, but in New York where I am, the buyer pays sales tax. Sellers only collect it and remit it to the state. If I am buying from a large enough company in a different state (internet or otherwise), that company must collect the tax from me based on my residence address and then remit the tax to the state.

If an out-of-state company is small enough to not meet thresholds for collecting/remitting sales tax from NY buyers, they do not charge tax, nor does a buyer pay them tax -- instead, the buyer is supposed to pay USE tax (not SALES tax) to NY on this type of sale.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Sun Dec 12 02:10:41 2021

@Gumball

You need to look at your numbers a little closer.  Sure if you are going to compare Ebay's current FVF in MP to what Ebay's FVF was PRE MP, then you are going to think it increased.  But then you are NOT taking into consideration that you are NO LONGER paying any fees to PayPal.

For most sellers MP is a neutral change.  If you look at a months worth of fees, they won't fluctuate much from Pre MP and after.  Just some small changes.  

But you have to be willing to look at everything and not just one type of transaction if you want to find the truth about your account.

Now there are some sellers that are paying more in fees in MP.  Like sellers that use to be able to use PayPal, micro payment fees instead of the regular fees.  Mp has no such program, so they are certainly paying more.  And I'm sure there are others.



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