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Tax policy

Buyers and sellers must follow all tax laws and regulations that apply when using our services.

Our policy helps provide guidance on tax, but it's up to you to ensure you're compliant. Please contact the appropriate tax authority or speak with a tax professional if you have any questions about your tax obligations.

What is the policy?

Sellers and buyers are responsible for paying taxes associated with using eBay, in accordance with all applicable laws.

Income tax

Sellers may be required to declare and pay taxes on income earned from eBay sales. If you're selling on eBay as a business, we strongly recommend seeking professional advice about your tax obligations.

Tax on eBay fees

Depending on where you live, Goods and Services Tax (GST), sales tax, Value Added Tax (VAT) or similar consumption tax may apply to your eBay seller fees, regardless of the eBay website you use for listing or selling your items.

If eBay is required to collect such taxes in your jurisdiction, eBay will add the tax as a separate charge on your seller invoice or include the tax in our fees.

Please ensure that your registration address - opens in new window or tab is up to date, so that we know where you are based.

Applying for tax exemption on your eBay fees

If you use your eBay account exclusively for business purposes, you may apply for tax exemption on your eBay fees - opens in new window or tab by providing us with your tax registration number. (In Australia, this will be your ABN; in New Zealand, your GST number.)

eBay reserves the right to request additional verification regarding your taxable status from you or government authorities as permitted by law. All information related to your taxable status (including personal information and your tax or business registration number) will be processed in accordance with eBay's User Privacy Notice.

Tax on items bought and sold on eBay

Many countries and jurisdictions around the world apply some type of tax on consumer purchases, including items bought on eBay. Whether the tax is included in the listing price, added to the buyer's order total or charged at the border depends on the order price, the item's location and the buyer's delivery address.

Sellers must not misrepresent the location of their items on eBay and must comply with eBay's Selling practices policy.


Please note that eBay will share your information with government authorities if required to do so by law.

Activity that doesn't follow eBay policy could result in a range of actions including for example: administratively ending or cancelling listings, hiding or demoting all listings from search results, lowering seller rating, buying or selling restrictions, and account suspension. All fees paid or payable in relation to listings or accounts on which we take any action will not be refunded or otherwise credited to your account.


Why does eBay have this policy?

This policy helps ensure that government regulations are followed.


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