eBay 'tacking on" sales tax

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by TeacFan, May 15, 2019.

  1. TeacFan

    TeacFan Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Arcadia, Ca.
    I recently bought an item from World Of Books, a UK outfit, I believe. The store reported back to me that the item was not in saleable condition and money was refunded - all but the sales tax. I queried them and was told eBay collected this themselves. okay....Why is bay doing this for an out of country store and the money collected just vanishes? Will need to call them (!!) to find out what the deal is.
    Anyone else had this issue?
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2019
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  2. R. Totale

    R. Totale The Voice of Reason

    I suspect that although WoB was the vendor in legal terms, legally somehow you actually paid and made the purchase from eBay, who collected sales tax because both you and they are in the State of California. They collected it from you, and may even have paid it to the State by now depending on how long all this has been going on. They will likely give it back to you if you ask, but you have to ask yourself how much this quarter is worth. I might send an email but no way I would call them to pursue it.
     
  3. Il Zio

    Il Zio Active Member

    Location:
    Marco Island, FL
    Remember that the Constitution expressly probibits taxation across state lines. The Supreme Court got this one wrong.
     
  4. Uglyversal

    Uglyversal Forum Resident

    Location:
    Sydney
    If you paid with Paypal and the seller used the normal refund avenue through the ebay channels the money should be refunded separately anyway, Have you checked your statement? Or has the seller send you money as a separate transaction? If he did the latter then the seller screwed up. Otherwise if in doubt just call ebay through the links you'll find -if you are lucky- through the item page. At least these days Ebay is better at answering calls (when you find the right hidden link).
     
  5. TeacFan

    TeacFan Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Arcadia, Ca.
    I used PayPal. Seems silly but may give them or bay a call.
     
  6. Uglyversal

    Uglyversal Forum Resident

    Location:
    Sydney
    Do call, if there was a refund the tax should be refunded too.
     
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  7. BigMikeATL

    BigMikeATL Active Member

    Location:
    Seattle, WA, USA
    It's a fascinating subject, though good luck putting that proverbial genie back in the bottle. If someone challenged it to the Supreme Court and they reversed the ruling, you can bet legislators across the country will get busy codifying the legalization of taxation for interstate purchases. The internet has caused sales tax revenues to drop in many places, resulting in major cuts to services, infrastructure investment, etc.

    https://digitalcommons.tourolaw.edu.../&httpsredir=1&article=2004&context=lawreview
     
  8. eddiel

    eddiel Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    A similar issue, yes. I bought an lp and the seller was using the global shipping program so I got charged Canadian tax on the deal automatically. Long story short, I had to return the lp to the seller. He refunded me and I got a full refund for everything that went to him. I waited for the tax to be refunded (collected by Pitney Bowes). No luck after a few days so I called eBay. They told me that it should happen automatically but sometimes it doesn't. They told me to wait for a few more days and if Pitney Bowes didn't refund by then, they would make sure I got the money back, which is what happened.

    I'd call eBay if you still don't have a refund for the sales tax as you should have it by now.
     
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  9. TeacFan

    TeacFan Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Arcadia, Ca.
    Gave them a call and as been said, should have been autoed refund. They advanced me a $1.00 credit - tax was 50ยข (!) - and we are through. Big deal, I know but ......
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2019 at 4:44 PM

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