Update on eBay Charging Sales Tax on Coins/Bullion
First off, I am not trying to make this thread political in any way. If you want to debate whether sales tax should be charged on coins/bullion (or anything else), go somewhere else. I'm simply passing along a message that I think is valuable to know.
eBay started collecting sales tax automatically on January 1 (at least for some states). In doing so, they ignored sales tax exemptions, and if you go to purchase something right now with an address in an affected state, sales tax will be charged on anything. Many states--my state of Washington included--have sales tax exemptions on some/all sales of coins and bullion, so this is big problem as eBay sales are now actively charging sales tax when there is none on the books.
I spoke with an eBay rep today (I may not have a direct line to the CEO, but I do sell enough that I get more helpful reps than standard support) who said a memo just came out to them about this problem and that a fix is in the works, to be rolled out next week. Will this definitely happen? It's eBay, so I don't know. But I did think it would be useful information to know if you're affected by this.