eBay now collects the tax due ‘ marketplace facilitator law’. Based on applicable tax laws, eBay will calculate, collect and remit sales tax on behalf of sellers for items shipped by eBay to customers in certain states.
For Sales tax purposes eBay sellers are treated as a retailer whether online or in physical stores. Sales tax is a reality. Being an eBay seller you have to find tax liability, in which state its falls, and whether you have to collect taxes or not.
eBay due to marketplace facilitator law as has a tax automation system, submit your taxes to authorities. If the eBay seller-buyer is in a different state eBay seller has to comply with the ta authority himself. Shopify merchants have to find the tax liability nexus and product taxability in that state.
As an eBay seller, you have to comply with all sales tax laws and rules and regulations. If you are selling through eBay in us to the customer outside the country you have to inform them about the potential import tax they would bear.
The sales tax treatment is us for eBay sellers or any other eCommerce seller is complex, as every state has its own rules and regulation when it comes to sales tax collection.
What we will explain:
eBay seller responsibility according to eBay sales Tax policy
Types of taxes eBay sellers might be subjected to
Does eBay collect Tax for its seller?
Physical and economics Nexus.
Table for nexus identification and rates
Marketplace facilitator law
Sale tax compliance
Sale tax registration and
What the eBay sales tax policy is:
As an eBay seller, you have to comply with all sales tax laws and rules regulations. If you are selling through eBay in us to the customer outside the country you have to inform them about the potential import tax they would bear.
The two main points from eBay policy relating to eBay seller and sales tax are:
Based on applicable tax laws, eBay will calculate, collect and remit sales tax on behalf of sellers for items shipped by eBay to customers in certain states.
Once eBay starts to collect tax in the required states, eBay seller has nothing to do with their liability and is discharged regarding this sale tax. eBay charges no fees. eBay automatically calculates, collects, and remits sales tax.
The collection process will apply to all sales with delivery in the required states whether the seller is located in or outside of the United States.
Sellers offering delivery in the US are not able to opt out of eBay automatically collecting sales tax.
Based on the state in the US and various countries such as Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and the European union you are subjected to
Sale tax on products and services.
Value addition tax
destination-based tax: There are some states that charge sale tax based on your buyer's location. For this, you might have to find the tax rate and charge sale tax to the nexus and the state where the buyer is located.
“Let’s say you live and/or sell in Columbia, South Carolina. You sell a taxable product to a customer in Chesterfield, SC. According to the State of South Carolina Department of Revenue, you are required to charge that customer 8% sales tax. That 8% is the sum of the state rate of 6% [South Carolina] PLUS a 2% local tax [Columbia].” - TaxJar
The US state's authority also needs you to have a tax permit before the collection of any sale tax.
eBay being the concept of a new era brings technicality to the related services such as accounting, taxation legality many more. Shopify tax treatment is more complex for Shopify merchants than the normal retailer.
What we would try to explain
Tax liability and nexus finding
Sale tax registration
Compliance with sales tax law
Where to submit sales taxes you have collected
Sales taxes are indirect taxes collected by the seller from the end consumer and submitted to the government.
Tax liability finding
Before you set up US taxes, you need to determine sales tax liability, which means whether you are required to collect tax from your customer and submit it to the state tax authority.
Shopify merchant like other E-commerce sellers is considered retailers for the purpose of sales tax. They have to collect taxes, file the sale tax return, and submit the taxes collected from their customer. Every eBay seller is liable to collect tax when they meet certain criteria:
Sale tax nexus
The product is either taxable or exempt
Sale tax Nexus:
This is a legal word used to represent the connection between taxpayers and the state before the state has the responsibility to tax taxpayers. In other words, it is the jurisdiction of the state to collect and impose a tax on taxpayers.
If you're an us-based merchant you probably have tax liability in your own state, because of physical nexus.
Frequent sales in a particular state create nexus in the same state this is termed an economic nexus. Economic nexus is the threshold of the monetary value of sale set by the state to fall in the nexus of the same state.
In the united state, the sale tax charge ability is affected by several factors, such as;
The location product is shipped from
The location product is shipped to
Registration with the tax authority
Through the supreme court 2018 decision, physical presence was required in the state for sale tax and USA tax nexus.
Being an eBay seller if you are in-state nexus, you have to collect tax from your buyers for the state. One always has tax nexus in their home town but some states have broad definitions, Conditions, and circumstances for physical nexus, this might include any of the following:
Inventory: If you have an inventory store located in the state even though you don’t have business management and further business activity you are considering in the same state nexus.
Business employees: if you have employees, a sales force contractor, and another person responsible for running your business activities.
A drop shipper: if you have a drop shipping relationship with someone who resides in the state you have nexus in that state too.
Trade event and festival sale: Some states consider the temporary sales to have nexus
Affiliate: Someone who advertises your product and taxes part of the profit in some states it also creates nexus.
Economic nexus: if you exceed the monetary threshold of sale set by the state. The nexus of the business is considered in the same state.
Is the platform where many sellers offer their products. Some states define economic nexus based on the marketplace.
Here is some marketplace that might be considered for determining the economic nexus:
Marketplace facilitator law:
No there is a marketplace facilitator law in many states that make the marketplace such as Amazon, Shopify, eBay, etc has the responsibility to collect on behalf of the seller.
Now if you have confirmed your nexus fall in which states the next criteria is to check for product taxability, whether the product you are selling is taxable or not.
All tangible products are taxable and the non-tangible that is services are nontaxable. But there are exceptions depending upon the state.
There are products that are either not taxed or taxable at different rates.
There are states that offer product-specific exemptions for categories including food, clothing, prescription medicines, and medical (prosthetic) devices. Those states that don't provide a complete exemption for these items often impose a lower tax rate on them.
Sales tax compliance:
Once you have found the right nexus, now you have to register with that state. In, order to collect the tax you have to register otherwise it is considered illegal to collect tax without registration.
Once you get registered you get a permit, frequency, and due dates for filling the sale tax return. The filling frequency may be monthly, quarterly, or annually depending upon your sale volume.
As the volume of your sale increases more states want you to file taxes fatly. In other words, the frequency of sale return is correlated with your sale volume. To comply with sale tax it's a technical exercise you need an accountant/Bookkeeper to make tax compliance on your behalf.
Reports and filing:
If eBay has collected the sale tax due to the marketplace facilitator, and remitted it to the authorities then you are not required to submit a report.
By logging in to tax authority software through the registration you can file a sale tax return. It can also be done automatically through accounting software.
Things to remember:
File the tax return in the state you have a permit even if the marketplace is collecting it for you.
Always file a tax return “Zero returns” even if you don’t have collected sale tax. States required all having permits to file sale tax returns whether they have collected sale tax or not.