11/04/2019 at 9:21 pm #70052
I had a sale today shipping to California. Things did not add up quite right so I reviewed the transaction.
eBay added California state sales tax to the order, which was paid by the buyer.
The sale is with paypal, so I am charged 2.9% of the sales tax amount buried in my paypal fee.
I guess this should not have been a surprise but it was. Seems like eBay should just collect this without involving me.0
11/04/2019 at 9:37 pm #70053
Look at it from their point of view. Why should ebay pay the collection fee?
If we were collecting sales tax ourselves and filing every quarter, it would be an expensive nightmare.
When I used Taxjar it was $20 a month, plus $20 e-filing fee quarterly in each state .. you do the math.
eBay is doing that for free for us. (plus many states have a one time start up fee too) – we pay none of this and ebay absorbs the expense. Saves us time and hours of work too.
eBay is doing all this on our behalf, not for them. It’s mandated that WE collect sales tax – thanks to eBay we do not even think about it0
11/05/2019 at 12:29 am #70060
Actually, it *is* mandated that EBAY collect the tax. They absolutely HAVE to do it now according to the new laws – well, at least the one in my state. The law says that the marketplace has to do it. So I’m thankful to the legislators who put the onus on ebay rather than on us small (tiny, in my case) businesses.
Since ebay has to collect the tax, they should pay the paypal fee. The money is being deposited into their paypal account, not mine. They are using the paypal service as part of their solution for fulling their (ebay’s) responsibility to collect and remit tax.
“the budget measure requires that online marketplace providers that facilitate third-party retail sales, such as Amazon, eBay, and Etsy, collect and remit sales tax on marketplace sales made to buyers in New York State even if the seller is located outside New York State.”
11/05/2019 at 10:18 am #70080
- Location: Missouri
The new internet tax laws are a hodge-podge and inconsistent from one state to another. My state, Missouri, doesn’t have a law for this yet, except mandated sales tax on items Amazon themselves sell. I‘ve always collected and submitted sales tax myself for in-state sales.
Some states have implemented a so-called Marketplace Facilitator Tax provision which pushes the responsibility of collection and submission to the selling platform (eBay, Amazon, etc.). States without an MFT provision require sales tax to be collected and submitted for any purchases from that state but make it the sellers responsibility, some with a low-end dollar limit exception for small sellers. I believe California is actually trying to charge sellers retroactively for sales tax not collected in previous years.
I think what will be a mess for some sellers is where during the year they had both in-state sales that they collected, and MFT taxes collected and submitted by the platform. Another confusion, will only the base state tax be collected and submitted for MFT state, but not the additional city and county tax that would be collected on a retail on-premises sale in a local store? Is an in-state seller still responsible for that?
It’s a mess.
- This reply was modified 4 days, 3 hours ago by Old Dad.
11/05/2019 at 8:48 am #70071
I just hope that Paypal doesnt show these taxes that eBay collects in our 1099 they send at the end of each year. We never see it so shouldnt be counted as income.0
11/05/2019 at 8:49 am #70072
Im just glad that the Internet Sales tax has been a nothing burger. We can just sell as usual and eBay takes care of it for us.0
11/05/2019 at 11:47 am #70087
This ripple effect is new.
This did not happen before yesterday, 11/4/19, for my sales to California or elsewhere.
I had a sale overnight to Colorado. Same issue.
As part of my book-keeping, my custom spreadsheet software reads the payment email from Paypal during my order fulfillment process, and it throws a Warning that the details do not add up.
In the payment email from Paypal, My ‘Total Amount’ received shows as the sum of Item Price, Shipping and Sales Tax. It never included the Sales Tax previously. Of course, I am not really receiving the sales tax; it is being held back for eBay somehow. But it adds to my Paypal fee.
Looks to me as if the Sales Tax may be added to your Sales Total for the year when Paypal processes it in this manner.0
11/05/2019 at 12:13 pm #70089
If so, we’d just need to find the total sales tax and deduct as an expense. A pain but doable if the info is available.0
11/05/2019 at 1:04 pm #70097
- Location: Philadelphia
Just curious if anyone knows if this is handled any better in Managed Payments? I don’t like that it’s most likely added to our income total.0
11/05/2019 at 1:21 pm #70098
I downloaded my account info at Paypal. (CSV Format)
For an item that ships to Rhode Island @ $50 w/ free shipping and $3.50 tax.
They show the tax as part of the eBay Auction Payment.
Then there is a second line called Partner Fee where it is subtracted.
This indicates to me that it won’t be on the 1099, etc.
eBay Auction Payment: 53.50
Partner Fee: -3.50
So the only bad news appears to be that eBay is allowing Paypal to charge us 2.9% for the pleasure of eBay collecting the tax.
eBay just passed a little more of their expenses on to their sellers. Sounds naive to think that Managed Payments will be much different than this.0
11/05/2019 at 4:22 pm #70100
So the only bad news appears to be that eBay is allowing Paypal to charge us 2.9% for the pleasure of eBay collecting the tax.
Id love to get clarification on this from eBay.0
11/05/2019 at 4:07 pm #70099
Just confirmed that this extra fee started yesterday for my sales as well. Argh.
I want to call ebay and paypal to complain, but do not have the emotional energy for that right now. Goes on the to-do list. 🙁0
11/05/2019 at 4:35 pm #70101
- Location: Albuquerque, NM
You really want to get angry… Try this one on.
A representative from the New Mexico Tax & Rev dept told me that while Ebay, Amazon (and all on line markets) are collecting state sales tax… They have not yet remitted the taxes collected back to the states!
The on-line retailers are holding onto the money in order to negotiate some sort of settlement on the sales tax due from previous years.
I am not a tax expert and don’t know if this applies only to New Mexico OR if the woman I was speaking to was mistaken.
Any tax experts out there who know the scoop?0
11/05/2019 at 6:57 pm #70115
This is so not cool. I just saw this myself on my accounts and I came on here to see who else had anything to say about it. Wow! My software is pulling down all the data and I am still trying to figure out what goes where.
- This reply was modified 3 days, 19 hours ago by Sigilini.
11/05/2019 at 8:48 pm #70126
This is how the ebay-collected sales tax is showing up for me on GoDaddy Bookkeeping:
I created a new non-business expense category to dump these in, but unfortunately, since the “Name” field is “Unknown”, there’s no way to create a rule to put these line items in that category automatically. Maybe they’ll fix that, otherwise it will be a huge pain for large volume stores. At 10-15 sales a week, it’s at least manageable for me.0
11/05/2019 at 8:58 pm #70130
So did all this just start happening today?0
11/05/2019 at 9:18 pm #70135
Starting a few weeks ago, all of my PayPal-related info loses the “name” category when it gets imported to GoDaddy. Super annoying. Previously it was able to tell that certain charges were inventory costs, now everything just gets dumped to “Unknown” and I have to sort it out once or twice a week by cross-checking with PayPal.0
11/05/2019 at 9:27 pm #70137
For me it started yesterday, and so far only affects the sales tax line items. My PayPal fee line items still say “PayPal” in the Name field.0
11/05/2019 at 9:29 pm #70138
IndySales – that sounds awful! Did you try contacting GoDaddy about this problem?0
11/06/2019 at 9:47 am #70169
I’m sure they’re aware of it (I hope?) Last time I called with a problem they had to get an actual programmer on the phone to explain what had gone wrong, so I take it they’re pretty scrappy in their approach to fixing problems and probably just need more time.
My theory is that PayPal has stripped this information for privacy reasons and now a deal has to be worked out between GoDaddy and whoever.0
11/05/2019 at 10:46 pm #70143
Retro Treasures WVParticipant
I noticed an $8 sale today and a payment including tax showed up in my paypal. I thought that was really weird and made a mental note to follow up. Now I read this thread and check all three sales today. Sure enough, each transaction shows the tax collected and the paypal fee INCLUDES the tax. Then there is a separate line that subracts the “tax collected by ebay”.
Why is this all the sudden going through paypal at all??? Why was there no communication on this????????
I feel like I need more question marks. I’m SO incredibly PISSED at ebay recently.0
11/06/2019 at 10:42 am #70176
This is incredibly annoying to deal with during Q4. Time should be spent listing and shipping, not figuring out a new column to add to your spreadsheet for bookkeeping. Ugh.
I’m looking at my financial summary from Paypal for the past 6 days, and it doesn’t show anything about sales tax in the fees section. Is it combined with the normal fees? Is it 0’d out? I’m really confused. I do this manually without GoDaddy Bookkeeping, so I’m not sure what to do right now.
Go into each individual sale and log the sales tax as a separate fee? Or is it 0’d out and not a fee? Will it show up on the 1099k?
- This reply was modified 3 days, 3 hours ago by almasty.
11/06/2019 at 12:15 pm #70183
Aren’t there people here in Managed Payments? Is the same thing happening to them?0
11/06/2019 at 1:02 pm #70189
I contacted PayPal and they said:
ME: Jessica, the way PayPal has handled the sales tax situation has thrown a wrench into my accounting system. And I am not the only one. Others are having to deal with this crazy way that PayPal and Ebay have made this really awkward.
PAYPAL: This is not us, this is completely eBay, they are the ones dictating how the amount is coming out of your account so we do not have a way to effect how they are processing the amount.
So I can put your feedback forward but only eBay are the ones that can effect this in anyway.
ME: Do you have anything in writing that is issued by PayPal that explains this situation?
PAYPAL: We do not because this was not a change made by us, it was all through eBay.0
11/06/2019 at 1:29 pm #70192
And I contacted Ebay. I was referred to the Seller Hub for this announcement:
Verified Blogger seller_news_team
10-01-2019 12:00:00 PM
Last Edited 10-01-2019 02:53:23 PM
As you may be aware, 11 new states have adopted Internet Sales Tax policies as of October 1, bringing the total to 34 states that now require the collection of sales tax. As the impact of this tax law becomes more apparent, PayPal and eBay are making changes that will make Internet Sales Tax collection less complex for buyers and for you.
Starting in November 2019, the way taxable transactions are processed and how taxes are collected for remittance will change, as follows:
In states where eBay is required to collect Internet Sales Tax from buyers, order totals sent for processing will reflect the gross order amount inclusive of tax.
Once settled, the tax amount will be automatically deducted for remittance to the applicable taxing authority.
A record of the sales tax portion of the order will be available on the Seller Hub Order details page and through our Download order report.
Please note the applicable tax will continue to be paid by the buyer and you do not need to take any action.
We understand that the holiday selling season is nearly upon us and we are working to make this transition as smooth as possible.
Learn more about Internet Sales Tax in the eBay Seller Center. If you have questions about how Internet Sales Tax may affect you, we recommend consulting with your tax advisor, or our partners Avalara and TaxJar.
Note: These changes do not apply to sellers in managed payments.
As always, thank you for selling on eBay.0
11/06/2019 at 1:49 pm #70193
Ebay says that the new sales tax issue does not effect those sellers in Managed Payments. However they also say…
“We currently do not support the Global Shipping Program for sellers who are participating in managed payments. However, all non-US buyers can shop and pay on eBay.com as they do today. If they are buying from a seller who has opted into managed payments, the non-US buyer can pay using credit or debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, etc.) and the seller would ship internationally on their own.”0
11/06/2019 at 7:12 pm #70210
Looks like eBay moved as fast as possible to move some of the collection cost to their Sellers, or at least those that accept Paypal.
From the Oct 1 announcement quoted previously and above by Sigilini, this was planned by eBay even though the language in their announcement was less than clear.
So it looks like this week’s changes are intended and permanent.
BTW: SixBit has put out a new release to cope with the new way eBay is handling the sales tax. So those of us with custom book-keeping software or spreadsheets may as well do the same.0
11/06/2019 at 7:57 pm #70214
The situation on GoDaddy Bookkeeping has improved somewhat. While the Name field is still “Unknown” and the Description field is an unreadable alphanumeric string, the line item is being put in the Business Expense category called “Sales Tax Submitted”.0
11/06/2019 at 8:03 pm #70216
So is Paypal going to put the tax that eBay collects into our 1099 as profit?0
11/06/2019 at 8:11 pm #70220
I think you mean income, not profit.
That’s a really good question – my guess is that since they have it in a separate field now, they’ll keep it separate from income come tax time. If not, they and/or ebay are going to have a HUGE problem on their hands in Jan/Feb with thousands of sellers complaining. Of course it will be a problem for us, too, but not one that will take up much time – just calling to complain, and subtracting out the total sales tax from income when filing our taxes.0
11/06/2019 at 8:18 pm #70222
Youre correct. Will taxes be included in our Paypal income.
Hopefully its not so we dont have to figure out how to deduct it.0
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