eBay 'tacking on" sales tax

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

  1. daca

    daca Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    PayPal offers no goods or services for sale. They are merely a payment platform to allow people to make, and receive payments via said platform for a fee (paid by the seller.) They do not have the right to collect tax from a buyer (the person who sends the money; although they can charge a fee if you try to send money over a certain threshold as a gift.)

    For example, I go to a restaurant for lunch and pay via PayPal. The restaurant has already included sales tax in my total, and therefore PayPal cannot add an additional sales tax. This would essentially amount to double taxation. And it would actually be “double secret taxation” as they would be taxing the total with the sales tax already included.

    Note, this is purely informational and is not intended as legal advice.
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  2. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Greater Vancouver
    As far as I'm aware Dave VAT does not get charged in North America only on your side of the Pond. I know I've never been charged it buying from the UK or Europe.
  3. Mirrorblade.1

    Mirrorblade.1 Forum Resident

    Question I'm being over charged by over dollar on something I looked up my sales tax rate
    what I do? ebay playing the dumb part it's there soft ware.
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  4. bullmkt3

    bullmkt3 Forum Resident

    I refuse to pay tax on a yard sale item. Alabama recently passed legislation causing internet sites to charge tax on Alabama residents. I guess the free ride has ended.
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  5. melstapler

    melstapler Reissue Activist

    I think many states have opted to charge a flat tax rate for all online purchases. Can't say whether or not this will ultimately motivate customers to get offline and shop in brick and mortar stores.
  6. samurai

    samurai "See the glory, of the royal scam."

    IMO: You were right in pursuing this. Fifty cents here, fifty cents there could eventually add up to millions.

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