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Why did I have to pay California sales tax on eBay just now?

Asked by _Whitetigress (4349 points ) September 2nd, 2012

I usually buy records maybe $30 USA and under. Before I finally confirm the purchase the whole sum totals up and there isn’t any sales tax added. Now I purchased something for $90 USA and I had to pay for sales tax. The seller lives in Indiana and that’s where the item is shipping from. Is this standard?

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creative1's avatar

This could be something they are doing unethical and illegal depending on if they are licensed to collect sales tax in that state

YARNLADY's avatar

California charges sales tax to sellers who ship items to California. The seller has the choice of charging the customer the sales tax or paying it himself. If you do not live in California, I don’t see why you would be charged California tax.

_Whitetigress's avatar

I am in California. I scrolled down and it does say, “Seller charges sales tax for items shipped to: CA(8.25%)” Didn’t see that in the beginning but whatever, I got a good deal on it.

zenvelo's avatar

The State of California has reached agreement to have amazon and ebay charge sales tax. Ebay has a presence in California so they are liable, and amazon was going to be facing some heavy court costs.

Amazon may take advantage of it by having warehouses in the Bay Area and LA basin, and may offer same day delivery of orders placed before 9 or ten in the morning.

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