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Tax policy

Policy overview

Sellers are responsible for any taxes associated with their eBay sales, based on all applicable laws. eBay is not able to provide tax advice, so we encourage all sellers to contact a tax professional with questions.

eBay provides a basic tax calculator to help sellers add sales tax to their eBay sales, however sellers will need to enter the appropriate tax rate for each state where the seller is authorized to collect tax. We can't guarantee that our basic tax calculator will meet all of your tax requirements.

Important: If you are a US based seller with inventory outside the US you may have additional tax obligations. For more information about these possible obligations, click here.

Make sure you follow these guidelines. If you don't, you may be subject to a range of actions, including limits of your selling privileges and suspension of your account.

What are the guidelines?


  • You are allowed to charge sales tax only in states where you are authorized to collect tax.

Not Allowed

  • You may not collect sales tax in states you are not authorized.

  • You may not charge sales tax beyond what is legally authorized.

Why does eBay have this policy?

There may be legal implications, fees, and tax obligations associated with using eBay. Remember that it's your responsibility to understand and comply with relevant laws and regulations, and that you have to pay relevant fees and taxes.

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