When you sell on eBay, you’re responsible for complying with all applicable tax laws. If you’re selling to buyers outside the US, you should inform them about the potential import charges they’ll need to pay when they receive their item.

If you sell to buyers in certain states in the US, AU, NZ or in the European Union (EU), your transactions will be subject to applicable sales taxes, Goods and Services Tax, and/or Value Added Tax.

Sellers’ tax responsibilities

You are responsible for paying all fees and taxes associated with using eBay as an eBay seller. For more information on eBay’s tax policy and your obligations, see our Tax policy and User Agreement.

Your tax-related responsibilities may include:

  • Paying sales tax on eBay sales
  • Paying income tax on eBay sales
  • Informing overseas buyers about import charges
  • Ability to validate what tax was collected on sales transactions.
Internet Sales Tax in the US

If you sell to buyers in the US, some jurisdictions may require you to collect applicable Internet Sales Tax on your transactions. As of July 1, 2021 a total of 46 jurisdictions require the collection of sales tax. In such cases, eBay collects and remits Internet Sales Tax on your behalf.

Learn more about Internet Sales Tax, on our Help pages, or from your tax advisor.

Starting in November 2019, the way taxable transactions are processed and how taxes are collected for remittance will change, as follows:

  • In jurisdictions 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. These changes do not apply to sellers in managed payments.


Internet Sales Tax FAQs

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Tax Exemptions

Can I submit a resale certificate so I do not have to pay sales tax on eBay purchases?

Yes, tax exempt buyers such as charitable entities and resellers can submit tax exemption certificates to eBay and make purchases without paying tax. Upload your tax exemption certificate here. Learn more here.

Form 1099-K

If you’ve sold at least $20,000 in gross merchandise value and exceeded 200 transactions for goods and services* on eBay in 2021, you will receive a tax Form 1099-K for all your 2021 sales transactions including relevant internet sales tax.

As of January 2022, the IRS will require all annual online sales over $600 to be reported using Form 1099-K. Please visit our 2022 1099-K overview for more information.


Form 1099-K FAQs

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  • What is a 1099-K?

    Form 1099-K is a document that taxpayers receive to report income from payment card and third party network transactions. It includes the gross amount of all payment transactions within a calendar year. This gross amount doesn’t include any adjustments for credits, discounts, fees, refunds or other amounts. For sales in 2021, we’ll send you a 1099-K if you exceeded 200 transactions and sold at least $20,000 in gross merchandise value. For sales in 2022, we’ll send you a 1099-K if you sold at least $600 or more in 2022.

  • Why do I need a 1099-K?

    Your sales on online marketplaces like eBay are considered reportable income once they are over a certain amount. Because eBay processes payments for these sales, IRS regulations require us to issue a 1099-K for US sellers who sell $20,000 or more in 2021 and $600 or more in 2022. When calculating your taxable income for your income tax return, you should consider the amounts shown on your 1099-K.

  • Will I have to pay taxes if I receive a 1099-K?

    Not necessarily. Just because you receive a 1099-K doesn’t automatically mean that you’ll owe taxes on the amount reported on your 1099-K. The 1099-K shows your gross receipts, but you are taxable on your net income.

    Only goods that are sold for a profit are considered taxable, so you won’t owe any taxes on something you sell for less than what you paid for it. For example, if you bought a bike for $1,000 last year, and then sold it on eBay today for $700, that $700 you made would generally not be subject to income tax.

    Please consult a tax professional if you have any questions about any tax filing or regulations.

  • What happens if I have multiple accounts?

    If you have multiple eBay accounts associated with the same SSN or ITIN, your thresholds are calculated by combining all payment transactions for the year. If your combined sales exceed the above thresholds, you’ll receive a 1099-K for each account, even if one or more of the individual accounts do not exceed the IRS reporting thresholds.

  • Where can I find more information about 1099-K?

    Here’s some general IRS FAQs on this topic.

Refunds to a Buyer

  • If the buyer requires a refund—cancellation, full refund, less than full refund, or partial refund, eBay will refund the sales tax to the buyer in these cases since we collected the sales tax on the original transaction.
  • The best practice is to send refunds through the eBay platform. However, if the refund is carried out on the PayPal platform, the seller is responsible to refund the full amount paid by the buyer at checkout including any paid Internet Sales Tax.
  • The seller will have to review the original PayPal transaction for the total amount of tax due to the buyer and add this to the refund amount for a full refund or the proportional amount for a partial refund.
  • When the seller refunds the buyer, eBay will credit them back any taxes refunded.
How to Access Reports

How can I check how much Internet Sales Tax was collected by eBay?

Our Orders Report itemizes how much tax we collected and remitted for transactions in marketplace responsibility states. You can download your orders in a CSV (comma-separated) file from the “Manage all orders” page in Seller Hub.

Report from eBay Seller Hub
  1. Navigate to Orders tab.
  2. In the top-right corner, click on Download Report.
  3. Under the Listings and records drop-down, select the “Sold” report, then choose the “standard” file format (Excel file) and choose the date range.

Sellers can periodically download the data and save it to a personal drive in order to accumulate a full year’s worth of data. Later this year, we’ll expand the reports beyond 90 days.

You will need to use the buyer’s address information to determine sales by state and which taxes they collected and must remit. Later this year, reports will show sales tax collected.

Report from PayPa

You can also pull a transaction report from your PayPal account.

For Business PayPal Accounts

  • After you login to your account, click on “Reports” in the top navigation. Reports
  • Select “Tax documents” on left hand menu and tax year on the next page to generate a report. Tax documents

For Non-Business PayPal Accounts

  • After you login to your account, click on “Activity” in the top navigation. Activity
  • Click on “Statements”. Statements
  • Select “Tax docs” and tax year on the next page to generate a report. Tax docs
Changes in IST Collection

If you sell to buyers in the EU, you may be required to charge and remit Value Added Tax. Value Added Tax is similar to a sales tax. Generally speaking, it’s a tax on a business’s gross receipts from the sale of goods and services. For example, any eBay seller making sales to UK buyers and fulfilling those orders from UK-based inventory is likely obligated to register for, charge and remit Value Added Tax in the UK. Speak with a tax advisor to better understand how Value Added Tax applies to your eBay business in the EU and other countries outside the US.

Do I need to register for Value Added Tax in the EU?

eBay wants sellers to be successful and legally protected, wherever you do business.

Registering for Value Added Tax in the EU may help you do both those things.

Whether you need to register for Value Added Tax in an EU member state depends on the way you conduct your business.

The key factors that determine if you have an obligation to register for Value Added Tax are

  1. Your business’s country of establishment.
  2. The location of your inventory.
  3. Your level of sales.

It’s each seller’s responsibility to ensure they are Value Added Tax-compliant.

Next steps

Complete the following steps to ensure you are Value Added Tax-compliant and to avoid potential selling restrictions

  1. Register with the local tax authority in each country where you’ve determined you have a Value Added Tax obligation.
    1. For example in the UK, register with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the UK’s tax authority.
  2. Provide eBay with your Value Added Tax ID number, and we’ll automatically add it to all your eligible new listings.

Value-Added Tax resources

HMRC Value-Added Tax guidance for overseas, online retailers

HMRC Value-Added Tax registration


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