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Old 08-28-2014, 10:36 AM
 
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Does the invoice actually say "13% state sales tax?" If so, I would report them to the state they are in, as well as the consumer affairs division of their Attorney General's office.
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Old 08-29-2014, 01:38 AM
 
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Does the invoice actually say "13% state sales tax?" If so, I would report them to the state they are in, as well as the consumer affairs division of their Attorney General's office.

"13% (my state) sales tax (applies to subtotal plus S+H)"
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:42 AM
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Location: City Data Land
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No, seller is somewhere on the East Coast. I've inquired and learned there are some sellers who add a sales tax in the neighborhood of 12 - 14 percent, with the apparent motive being to recover their eBay + PayPal fees with amount to something like 12.5 percent. (Adding 12.5 percent would be too obvious, so some sellers add a little more or a little less.)

The most disturbing aspect of this is that the seller did not mention sales tax anywhere in the listing.
OP, it does sound like a scam, but I will inform you that many listings will not inform you of legal sales tax that will be added in the listing itself. That information is actually listed under the shipping information tab. I have been surprised more than once by a higher price for an item than I expected because a seller who ships from "Multiple Locations, United States" doesn't mention sales tax, then in the shipping tab (not listing itself), says they charge sales tax for my state. It seems rather sneaky, IMO.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:09 PM
 
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OP, it does sound like a scam, but I will inform you that many listings will not inform you of legal sales tax that will be added in the listing itself. That information is actually listed under the shipping information tab. I have been surprised more than once by a higher price for an item than I expected because a seller who ships from "Multiple Locations, United States" doesn't mention sales tax, then in the shipping tab (not listing itself), says they charge sales tax for my state. It seems rather sneaky, IMO.

Yes I understand that; apparently eBay allows this practice whether the seller adds the correct sales tax, an incorrect sales tax, or a fictitious sales tax.
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Old 09-04-2014, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Mesa
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OP, it does sound like a scam, but I will inform you that many listings will not inform you of legal sales tax that will be added in the listing itself. That information is actually listed under the shipping information tab. I have been surprised more than once by a higher price for an item than I expected because a seller who ships from "Multiple Locations, United States" doesn't mention sales tax, then in the shipping tab (not listing itself), says they charge sales tax for my state. It seems rather sneaky, IMO.
Don't blame the seller. It's not OUR fault where EBAY places that notice, we have no control over how eBay opts to display certain items, sales tax being one of them.

My listings are set up correctly to calculate 7% sales tax for NM residents. Unfortunately, as you noticed, it only shows on the shipping tab. Also unfortunately, many buyers never look at that tab and will be surprised to see the sales tax on their invoice.

You've brought up a good point, and I'm contemplating adding that info to my listing somewhere (in addition to where eBay places the notice).

As to the original post, OP, if you do not reside in the seller's state, you do not owe sales tax. The only time you would owe is if you reside in the same state as the seller or the seller has nexus in your state (example, a remote sales office in your state). The sales tax should show, though, by state, on the shipping tab as noted by the previous poster. If it's not there, or does not apply to you and the seller refuses to remove it, PLEASE report the seller to eBay. Those sellers make it harder for the good sellers to gain buyer trust.
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Old 09-27-2014, 12:48 AM
 
Location: Purgatory
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OP, i haven't seen anything like you describe.

The scam that i have seen is a seller applying the CALIFORNIA sales tax of ~10% and then the item comes from Utah and they are not registered as a business in CA!
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Old 10-03-2014, 09:53 PM
 
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Don't blame the seller. It's not OUR fault where EBAY places that notice, we have no control over how eBay opts to display certain items, sales tax being one of them.

My listings are set up correctly to calculate 7% sales tax for NM residents. Unfortunately, as you noticed, it only shows on the shipping tab. Also unfortunately, many buyers never look at that tab and will be surprised to see the sales tax on their invoice.

You've brought up a good point, and I'm contemplating adding that info to my listing somewhere (in addition to where eBay places the notice).

As to the original post, OP, if you do not reside in the seller's state, you do not owe sales tax. The only time you would owe is if you reside in the same state as the seller or the seller has nexus in your state (example, a remote sales office in your state). The sales tax should show, though, by state, on the shipping tab as noted by the previous poster. If it's not there, or does not apply to you and the seller refuses to remove it, PLEASE report the seller to eBay. Those sellers make it harder for the good sellers to gain buyer trust.


The shipping charge is listed right below the window where bids are entered; I think everyone looks at that and most people think they've already seen what they were looking for and thus don't need to check the Shipping and payments tab.

Outcome is that the seller's new listings have left out any hint of sales tax in any state.
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Old 10-30-2014, 11:26 AM
 
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OP, i haven't seen anything like you describe.

The scam that i have seen is a seller applying the CALIFORNIA sales tax of ~10% and then the item comes from Utah and they are not registered as a business in CA!
They do not have to be a registered business in California... BUT if they have a warehouse there and they utilize it the state will make them charge sale tax on items they ship from the warehouse....

Disney is not registered in the state of LA, but they do ship a lot of items from/thru there so they can charge the LA state tax...
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