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eBay Tax Tips

Updated on September 14, 2014

eBay Sellers - Learn How to Save Money on Your Small Business Taxes!

Hey eBay sellers! Now that you're making a profit on eBay, you're probably wondering...

1. Do I have to report my eBay income?

2. What expenses can I deduct?

3. How can I minimize the taxes I pay on my eBay income?

If you want to learn how to minimize your taxes and keep more of your eBay profits, this is the place to be!

As a CPA and an eBay seller, I specialize in offering tax planning and advice to eBay sellers and other online business owners.

For even more tips, tools and articles on eBay and taxes, please visit the eBiz Tax Tips blog.

Are You Ready for the New 1099 Rules?

Starting in 2011, credit card merchants - including eBay, PayPal and Amazon among others - will have to start sending out 1099 forms to sellers who meet certain criteria. If you earn money online, whether it's selling items on eBay, selling your own product, or selling affiliate products, you may get a 1099 next year.

This bill has been years in the making; the original bill proposed that credit card processors be required to file 1099s for each seller that had at least $10,000 in gross sales and 200 transactions. The numbers in the final bill are a bit different - you must have at least $20,000 in gross sales and 200 transactions before credit card merchants are required to send you a 1099, so less people will be affected than originally thought.

1099 Reporting Deadline Approaching Quickly...

Did you hire an eBay assistant, or a graphic designer, or virtual assistant to help in your business this year? If so, you may need to file a 1099 for that person. IRS Form 1099 is used to report various income sources, such as income earned by independent contractors. As an eBay business owner, you could get a 1099 from another person if you provided them services, or you may need to provide a 1099 to another person if they provided services to you.

The 1099 deadline is January 31st. You must provide copies of form 1099 to each recipient who meets the requirements, as well as copies to the IRS. To learn more, please visit Reporting 1099 Income.

The Ultimate eBay Spreadsheet!

If you've been looking for an easy way to keep track of your eBay sales and fees, then you've found it!

Easy Auctions Tracker is the Ultimate Excel spreadsheet solution for eBay sellers and Trading Assistants. This spreadsheet doesn't calculate your fees, it actually COLLECTS your transaction information from your eBay account for you!

Easy Auctions Tracker is fully automated and has been Tested & Certified by eBay as a compatible application. By using this spreadsheet, you will be able to quickly collect and record your transactions (sold items and unsold items) without the need to manually enter the information.

With the simple click of a button, Easy Auctions Tracker is able to collect all the information for an entire month's worth of sales from eBay's servers for you. No need to know the item numbers of the sold items, just select the month & year then click the "Get All Items" button.

As an accountant and tax professional who works with eBay sellers, I can say that this spreadsheet will make your bookkeeping and thus your tax preparer's job much easier! Which will mean less time and lower fees for you.

I was excited to find this worksheet and recommend it for eBay sellers who want to track their sales and associated fees in a spreadsheet, but don't want to spend hours entering the information manually.

Ebay and PayPal Must Report to the IRS

Buried deep in the housing act that was just passed is a provision that requires credit card processors - including companies like eBay and PayPal - to report annual gross receipts of it's merchants to the IRS.

Credit card processors will be required to file Form 1099 for each merchant that has at least $10,000 in gross sales and 200 transactions.

Companies have until 2011 to comply with this new law.

The purpose of this new law is to raise revenue for the housing recovery package and to close the tax gap that exists. The IRS estimates that it loses billions of dollars in tax revenue from small businesses who under-report (or don't report) income.

While I'm worried that this new law will cause the cost of business for small and online business owners to go up (in the form of higher eBay fees, higher PayPal fees, etc.), I also think that all small business owners should pay their fair share of taxes (I pay my taxes, why shouldn't all small business owners?).

eBay & Taxes

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Q&A: Do I Have to Pay Tax on Personal Items Sold on Ebay?

Q: I started selling items from around my home that I don't want anymore on eBay. I am selling BELOW what I paid for these items. I'm not trying to make a profit, I'm just trying to get rid of items no longer wanted. Is this considered a business? Do I have to report my eBay sales to the IRS?

A: Selling personal items at a loss is not a business activity, so you don't have to worry about keeping track of or reporting this activity on your tax return.

The IRS will not allow you to claim a loss for personal items sold on eBay. However, the minute you purchase something with the intent of selling on ebay for a profit, you've got a business, and then you DO need to start keeping track of and reporting your activity.

Note: if you sell both personal items and items that you bought specifically to resell, then you should report the personal items sold as well, but use the sales price as the cost so you don't show a loss for these items. Or, you could setup a separate eBay account and use one for personal use, the other for business use - that's probably the best solution.

Reporting 1099 Income

If you do affiliate marketing, internet marketing, or work as an independent contractor, then instead of a W-2, you will receive a Form 1099-MISC reporting your earnings.

However the company is not required to file this report unless you receive $600 or more in income. Also, currently eBay does not give out 1099 forms, so if your income is strictly from eBay, you won't receive a Form 1099.

The good news is that as an internet marketer or an independent contractor you get to deduct expenses against this income, assuming the expenses are necessary to run your business.

Report your income from your 1099 and any associated expenses on either Schedule C-EZ or Schedule C. This schedule is then attached to your Form 1040.

Q&A: Do I Need to Collect Sales Tax?

Q: Do I collect sales tax on all my sales or just those I sell in my home state? And does this tax money get claimed as income and then expensed as a deduction?

A: This is a great question and one that I get often!

Currently, online business owners and eBay sellers are not required to collect sales taxes on items that are sold and shipped to customers in another state. If the state the eBay seller or business is located in has a state or local sales tax, then you are supposed to collect sales tax on items sold and delivered to the same state, but you do not have to collect sales taxes on sales to customers located in another state.

Sales tax collected is not income, and sales tax remitted to the state is not an expense. So for tax purposes, you should not claim the sales tax you collect as income, and likewise, you should not deduct sales taxes remitted to the state as a deduction.

Top 5 Missed Business Tax Deductions

I spoke about tax tips for small business owners at a seminar this past weekend, and one of the questions I got was 'what are the top missed business deductions?'

This is a great question, so here goes...

1. Automobile expenses - if you use your car for business, you can deduct a portion of your car expenses. You can either keep track of and deduct your (business related) actual expenses, or you can keep track of your business miles and use the standard mileage rate (55 cents per mile in 2009).

2. Startup expenses - business expenses incurred before you actually start the business used to have to be depreciated over 5 years. Starting after October 22, 2004, you can now deduct up to $5,000 of startup expenses in the first year of business. Startup expenses over $5,000 still have to be depreciated (over 15 years). Startup expenses include advertising, hiring employees, purchasing equipment, supplies and more.

3. Education expenses - you can deduct the cost of classes, seminars and other education costs if they are related to your current business.

4. Travel - when you travel for business, you can deduct the cost of the airfare, taxis, hotel, meals, and other travel related expenses. If part of your trip is for personal reasons, you may need to prorate part of the expenses. Also, if you bring your family along, only your own expenses are deductible.

5. Home office expense - many people choose not to take this deduction because it is considered a red flag. If you have a legitimate home office, then you should not miss out on this deduction just because someone says it could be a red flag (being self employed is a red flag, but you wouldn't not go into business because someone says you're more likely to get audited as a small business owner, would you?). Home office expenses include mortgage interest, real estate taxes, home owners insurance, utilities, and security alarm. You can only deduct the portion that represents your home office, but this can be a substantial deduction for many home based business owners.

eBay, Dropshipping and Sales Tax

Many eBay sellers use dropshippers to sell/deliver products. A reader recently asked if she was required to collect sales taxes on items shipped to the same state her dropshipper is located in, if she does not live and operate her business in that same state.

For example, lets say your dropshipper is located in Texas, but you live and operate your business in Florida. A customer in Texas purchases an item and it is delivered to Texas from the dropshipper in Texas. Do you need to collect Texas sales tax on this transaction?

This is a gray area, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it change in the future. But for now, you pay sales tax on items that you ship to the state where your primary business is located. So if you live and operate your business in Florida, you only pay sales tax when you ship items to customers in Florida.

Your dropshipper in Texas may try to charge you sales tax for orders that are placed in/shipped to Texas because their warehouse is located in Texas (and therefore they are subject to Texas sales tax laws). To avoid this, you should get a resellers certificate and supply it to your dropshipper.

However, every state has different sales tax laws, so for additional information you should contact your state's department of revenue.

Is Your eBay Income Taxable?

If you sell items on eBay for a profit, then you may owe income taxes on those profits. It doesn't matter if you sell on eBay as a hobby or if you are trying to build a profitable eBay business.

Generally, any income you receive from all sources is subject to income tax unless it is specifically exempt by law (hint: profits from an eBay business are not exempt).

You must file a tax return if your net earnings from self employment are $400 or more. You are self employed if you carry on a trade or business for profit. If you sell on eBay, you are generally trying to make a profit, and you therefore have a business.

To report your eBay earnings on your tax return, file Form 1040, and attach Schedule C or C-EZ. Schedule C is used to calculate your net profit or loss from your business, which is then reported on your Form 1040.

Top 10 Tax Deductions for eBay Sellers

Many eBay sellers ask me, "what expenses can I deduct against my eBay income?"

Because eBay sellers pay income tax and self employment tax on their eBay profits, it's important to get all the tax deductions you are entitled to.

Here are the top 10 income tax deductions for eBay businesses:

1. Inventory or product purchased for resale

2. eBay fees

3. PayPal fees

4. Postage and delivery

5. Supplies

6. Bad debts (for those non-paying bidders)

7. Advertising

8. Mileage (trips to the office supply store, post office, etc.)

9. Telephone (cell phone, second line, fax)

10. Bank charges

San Diego Man Sentenced for Failing to Pay Taxes on eBay Sales

If you haven't been reporting and paying taxes on your eBay sales, now might be a good time to start. As you can see by the following article, the IRS is serious about cracking down on taxpayers who make money online but don't pay taxes on their eBay or other online income.

SAN DIEGO - A former San Diego police officer who failed to pay taxes on money he made by selling stolen property on eBay was sentenced today to 21 months of home confinement and was ordered to pay $220,000 in restitution.

James Estrella, 48, pleaded guilty a year ago to federal income tax evasion charges. At the time, he was on probation after pleading guilty in state court on Dec. 2, 2004, to four felony counts of receiving stolen property.

U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez said he could have put Estrella in prison, but it was more important for the defendant to pay back what he owed to the Internal Revenue Service.

Do You Need a Tax ID Number for Your eBay Business?

EBay sellers who are sole proprietors are not necessarily required to get a tax identification number, but it may be a good idea to have one.

A tax identification number or an EIN (employer identification number) is a nine-digit number that is assigned by the IRS to businesses to be used when filing tax returns, hiring employees, and for setting up qualified retirement plans. Many banks require an EIN to apply for a loan or to setup a business bank account as well.

You can get your EIN by completing IRS Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number, which is available at the IRS website ( You should also check with your state to see if you are required to get a state ID number.

IRS Circular 230

Disclaimer: Any tax advice contained in this message is not intended to be used and cannot be used by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law. It is strongly recommended that you get additional help from a (paid) tax professional who is familiar with your unique circumstances. In other words, don't take take advice from a Squidoo lens, or forum, or blog...

What questions do you have about eBay and taxes?

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I wasn't aware of tax obligations when selling on ebay. thanks for the tip!

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      paulaw 10 years ago

      kind of takes the fun out of selling on ebay when you consider taxes!!!

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      gods_grace_notes 10 years ago

      Hi Kristine! This is important info for the multitude of Squidooers who sell on eBay...I'm adding you to the link list in my Angel lens. Great lens, great resource, and much appreciated. 2 thumbs up! Connie

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      great info, thanks

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      Helen 10 years ago

      Excellent Lens for eBayers or anyone who has a home based business!

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

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      I'm loving this no-nonsense lens...thanks!

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      rksmythe - thanks for blessing my lens! I actually got a lot of great tips off of one of your lenses, so I'm glad you liked it!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great Job Kristine!

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      Jump-Start-Your-Finances 9 years ago

      Done! Thanks for the reminder!

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      SharonMcMillan 9 years ago

      This is a great page! My husband and I are newbies to ebay and can learn a lot about tax issues from your site.

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      Lady Gotrocks 9 years ago

      Great lens! Paying taxes is a MUST do for anyone selling on line. The day of the free ride is over and they can go back up to three years to get you for sales you made back then. Just wrote out a check to IRS for $8,300.00 for what I thought I didn't own in 2005. You are invited to join the Raising Stars group

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      Glad to have you as a member of the Make Money Online Group - drop by the Group HQ sometime and see what is there for you

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      Very informative tips, thank you!

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      Great lens full of information - I will be coming back to this one over and over.

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      PartsAndMotorcy 9 years ago

      Hi Kristine,

      Great information for eBayers. I sure it will help people with eBay stores too.

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      Great info and resources.

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      Anyone who sells on eBay needs to visit this lens! Well done, 6 stars if it were possible!

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      Great info! Thanks for stopping by my lens. Great tips for Ebayers here on your lens! -Marty

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      There is some highly interesting information here. Certainly is a really great lens. Better yet is its usefulness. I'm surprised I've not seen it on the SQUIDOO Zone in my Free Forum. 5 stars. Clive Anderson.

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      Cheryl Paton 9 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks for the great tips!

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      Excellent work with your lens Kristine. 5-Stars :)

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      This looks awesome and is full of great info! Keep up the good work!

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      I love your lens. Great information and really useful, not just for those who market on Ebay but also for online business owners in general...

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Important stuff for anyone in business. I have a fabulous CPA, and always recommend that people trust their taxes to a pro.

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      Thank you for this information! I am adding to my favorites and checking back often!

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      Lots of great info...5 star rating!

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      great information

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Thanks for the great resource. I will be recommending this page to others (I hear the question frequently).

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      Starr 9 years ago

      Great information as an eBay store owner and as an accountant. Very nicely laid out and compiled. I may have over looked it but for those who don't know you can also deduct the expense of accepting credit cards such as the gateway fee, monthly minimums, per tranaction fee, and percentage fees.

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      MarilynBB 9 years ago

      Good information and well laid out but how does this apply to people not living in the US. Do we need to get a US tax number? How if so?


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      Great lens, thank you for all the info!

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      Monsoon-Hot-Tubs-Guy 9 years ago

      Wow, your lens is very helpful. Taxes are always confusing to me and when you put Ebay into the mix it makes things even more complicated. Your tips will make it easy for me this year.

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      Music-Resource 9 years ago

      Hi Kristine, Wonderful tax deductions and tips lens. I didn't realize that there were so many deduction possibilities. Nice job. ~Music Resource~

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great information. I always procrastinate tax time, but you have some great tips here. Thanks!

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      I've been burned by taxes on my ebay business before. Wish I had seen this lens sooner!

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      happyhour 9 years ago

      Very informative post, thank you for the helpful tips.

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      teamlane 9 years ago

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      LillianSmith25 9 years ago

      Wonderful lens! eBay store owners need not pay any more taxes than they have to. For those who need help reconciling all their records, a good auditing software will come in very handy. Check out this site to get an overview of auditing software and how they work. Thanks!

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      ShortSaleRealtor 9 years ago

      great lens 5 stars 4 u

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Very helpful tax tips! eBay store owners can better assess their taxes by keeping their records and inventory organized. Store inventory software can easily do the trick with the least amount of hassle and errors. Learn more about store inventory software here!

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      alila12 9 years ago

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Business can better control their taxes if they keep a close eye on their assets. Good thing there are various online inventory tracking systems that aid store owners in monitoring goods via the Internet. Stop by the link to learn more. Thanks!

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      PotPieGirl 9 years ago

      What a valuable lens!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      My bestfriend who runs an eBay store keeps everything automated and organized so she has no problems with taxes and accounting. According to her, management software such as point of sale software and automation really help avoid errors and keep her business files orderly. Check out the link if you want to learn more about sales software. Thanks!

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      kellywissink lm 9 years ago

      Hi Kristine!

      Some of the same great tax deductions can be used for home businesses and bloggers.Great lens! 5 Stars!

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      zuzanna 9 years ago

      Kristine, thanks for this wonderful lens with lots of useful info presented so nicely. One of the best business lenses, well deserving 5 stars. One of my favorites! It's great to have you in my Group; I'm waiting for more lenses from you with great content like this one.

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      Metatron 9 years ago

      Greetings from WA. This is from one who happens to find the tax word much more distasteful than the "F" word. It is wonderful to have someone like you to help us deal with it (tax I mean).

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      Oh wow, this is a very detailed lens. Useful for anyone at eBay. 5 stars! WAer

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Congratulation on being TOP100. 5 stars given and bookmarked! :)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great lens! 5 starts for you and bookmarked!

      For your information, there are 17 million Americans, about 85% of teenagers (between the ages of 12 and 24) suffer from ACNE ~

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great lens! 5 starts for you and bookmarked!

      For your information, there are 17 million Americans, about 85% of teenagers (between the ages of 12 and 24) suffer from ACNE ~

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      romyraut 9 years ago

      Excellent lens. I had issues with taxes accrued from online earnings when I first started out online with my acne website, but learned quickly that it does not matter what the revenue source is, earnings are earnings!

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      sstoark 9 years ago

      Thanks for the great information, and well put together lens, I have bookmarked and given it a 5 star rating.

      I am hoping that my lens

      about hair regrowth turns out to be this informative.

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      anilg 9 years ago

      You have created a useful lens with lots of quality information about ebay tips. To know about ways to make money online please visit my lens and try the tips mentioned there

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      harryfed 9 years ago

      Great lens with lots of useful information about Ebay tax tips. If you need a credit card, then try chase credit card, the best credit card available today in the market!

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      superb lens, great tips and advice.


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      bestacnereview 9 years ago

      Great high quality lens. Check out my acne lens also. 5 Stars.

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      Hhank 8 years ago

      Thanks very much, this is helpful. Wonder how this translates to other ecommerce stores and payments?

      I am finishing my lens series about used buses.

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      acne-guy 8 years ago

      A very nice lens, I have been working on Ebay for a few years, was useful to read through.


      Adult Acne

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      Speeding-Ticket 8 years ago

      Wow - a TON of information here. For those of us who are entrepreneurs, the startup cost deduction in particular is good news - it's not too late for me!


      Speeding Ticket

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      FTA_Keys 8 years ago

      "Top 5 Missed Buisiness Tax Reductions"

      This is a must read! Great lens. 5/5!


      FTA Keys

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      anonymous 8 years ago


      very good information here, I am giving 5 stars for your valuable lens and great informative about ebaytaxtips.

      Checkout my taxattorneyfinder blog

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      TomAntion1 8 years ago

      Great lens! Five stars for you*****!

      Visit Tom Antion's eBay Store for seriously discounted public speaking training products.

      Good luck! Your friend, Tom

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Excellent lens, I gave it 5 stars for its insightfulness, I recommend for those individuals that are keen on making it big on eBay check out my page: The Real Solution To eBay Live Help, I reveal much need insight into where people can find suppliers, dropshippers and the like.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      Congrats on your purple star. Your lens has been featured at

      Please feel free to submit any other purple star lenses you have, if you would also like those featured in my series. Thanks!

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      the777group lm 6 years ago

      Great stuff! I've lensrolled you to my recently acquired ebay stores lens.

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      GrinningFool 6 years ago

      Very important to plan for the taxes. It's a large chunk when you have to pay Fica and Medicare at the full rate!

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I tried to download the trial version of the easy auction tracker and it kept throwing errors. I won't buy it unless I know it will work for what I want. Do you know if you are able to enter in item costs or other associated costs? In other words, I buy an item and pay tax for it, then resell it. Is there a place to enter all that? Good lens otherwise!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sales tax in New York State, where I operate my business, is 4%, but in various counties, like New York City, it is 8-9%. When entering information on eBay for my sale, I am only given one slot so I can't enter multiple rates. Which one do I choose? State or city rate? Thanks!

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      EbizTaxTips LM 6 years ago

      @tvyps: Thanks for the comment tvyps. I emailed the folks who make the easy auction tracker and they would be more than happy to help you setup the trial version and to answer any questions you may have. You can reach them at

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Great LOTD! great informative lens...will favorite it.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Congratulations for LOTD!

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      huvalbd 6 years ago

      Excellent lens, and helpful for far more than just eBay sellers.

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      SunnyDaze LM 6 years ago

      Excellent information here. Thanks for sharing. Great lens and congrats on LOTD. I am an accountant who does Squidoo as a hobby. My earnings are growing every month and I'll need some of this small business info to help me through my taxes.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      Thanks for all the useful information here. Congrats. on LOTD.

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      EbizTaxTips LM 6 years ago

      Wow... just got home from a busy day at work and discovered my lens was lens of the day! Thanks for the comments everyone :)

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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very helpful information! Congratulations on a well deserved LOTD!

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      linajo 6 years ago

      very informative lens, congrats for LOTD

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Congrats on LotD - it's well deserved!

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      MikeDeHaan 6 years ago

      Useful article even for us Canadians, eh.

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      Heather Weaver 6 years ago from Colorado

      Excellent information. I'm so confused by my Schedule C and stuff, even with the TurboTax home/business deluxe or whatever it's called. I'll definitely be checking out your blog. Congrats on LOTD!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very useful information on eBay and tax.

      Congrats on LOTD.

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      JeffreyTymczak LM 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your LENS of the Day! Great Job!


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      JewelRiver 6 years ago

      Congrats kid! This lens rocked the house!

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      Airinka 6 years ago

      very useful lens

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      Useful Lens, even though I do not reside in the United States. Nearing my first year as a full time Internet and Affiliate marketer. Need to file my IT return this year. Thanx a lot for sharing the tips and congrats on LOTD!

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      Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Congrats on LOTD! Very useful info.

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      Steve-SEO-UK 6 years ago

      Well deserved Lens of the Day status due to excellent and helpful information.

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      mivvy 6 years ago

      Very inteersting and very useful information. Congrats on your LOtD on your

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Great lens. I can see why it was chosen as LOTD. Congratulations.

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      This is such a great resource. **Blessed** and featured on My Time as a Squid Angel :)

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      modz 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm glad I have a tax man at my beck and call. Really, though, if you read the rules it isn't all that difficult to file a Schedule C (in the U.S.). Just keep good records! Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks for a super informative lens. Really learned a great deal that I can use immediately. Kudos on LOTD!

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      ludyshubs 6 years ago

      Very valuable information. Thank you

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for the great information! Congratulations on LotD!!

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      mich1908 6 years ago

      Thanks for the informative lense. Congrats.

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      wawancash 6 years ago

      congrats.. good info

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Very helpful useful information. Congrats on being LOTD.

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      Learned something new...thanks...I have been selling on eBay since 1999. Congrats on LOTD

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      LauraMarie LM 6 years ago

      Well done on LOTD. This is a great resource for ebay sellers who need to file their ebay income

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      AdriennePetersen 6 years ago

      Nice lens, congrats on LOTD!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Great LotD, lots of valuable information on taxes - just what I need LOL!

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      Lady Gotrocks 6 years ago

      Been paying taxes on my ebay income for 8 years. Always knew the IRS would catch up with this cash cow.

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      kathys55 6 years ago

      Nice lens, congrats on LOTD!

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      Excellent information. I have to keep track of several companies, a trust and a non-profit so I prefer Quick Books. I used to do my own tax returns but the tax laws change so often, I pay my CPA to keep up with them and save me money, time and headaches. Congrats on the LOD. Well deserved. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      Thanks for this tax information!

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Congrats on LOTD! Help with taxes is always appreciated.

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      Michelle Mafra 6 years ago from Corona CA

      Great Lens. As an ebay seller I will have to take my time an read this one detail by detail. I am taking all my books to my accountant next month so it wlill be great to be on the top of my game. Thank you very much for combining all the info into 1 informational lens. Great job.

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      PaintDog 6 years ago

      Informative lens - thanks! Congrats on LOTD :-)

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      John Norman Stewart 6 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      Very useful lens. Thanks for sharing the info.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Thanks! This is a GREAT lens!

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      nebby 6 years ago from USA

      Interesting information. I don't sell on eBay but it's always nice to know just in case.

      Congratulations on LOTD.

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      gypsyman27 lm 6 years ago

      Thank you for the thoughts on taxes and other tips about ebay income. See you around the galaxy...

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      spiritartist 6 years ago

      Good advice. Congrats on getting LOD!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Great information. Welcome to the LOTD club!

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      george185 lm 6 years ago

      Great lens. I learned a few things. Thanks and congrats on lens of the day.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD and it is now featured on Squidoo LOTD Lenses. Well done and great lens,

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      Judy Goldsberry 6 years ago

      Thanks for such valuable information.

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      caketech 6 years ago

      Wow, lots of great info here! Congrats on LOTD!

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      LouieWrites 6 years ago

      Great lens, congrats on the LOTD!

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      jgelien 6 years ago

      Thanks for the concise and helpful tax information. I learned a lot.

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      Boy my head is spinning, Congratulations on LOTD. Very detailed excellent information here.

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      onlinebusiness11 6 years ago

      congrats on LOTD. Nice

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      supercibor lm 6 years ago

      Amazing tips !

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great tips! We have a canadian corporation and we do a little business on ebay. I wonder how that works?

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      natashaely 6 years ago

      Amazing tips, great lens, congrats on being LOTD! :)

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      DebMartin 6 years ago

      This is a great lens and very informative. Thanks!

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      pylemountain1 6 years ago

      Great lens, very informative. Congrats on your LOTD award!

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      photofk3 6 years ago

      Great lens with useful content, thank you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      you did a great job on this lens, it has great information that people can use.

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      Ebayers will get a lot out of this. Great information. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      WhitePineLane 6 years ago

      Wow! An incredible amount of good info! *Blessed by a Squid Angel*

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      Jerry_David 6 years ago

      useful tips on ebay tax, great work!

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      JimmyGilliam 6 years ago

      Thank you for the useful information.

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      Vicki 6 years ago from USA

      Very helpful & thorough lens! I've got it bookmarked to refer back to. I'm going to start selling lots of retro stuff on eBay this year, and I know this lens will be a huge help when I start doing taxes! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. Congratulations on LOTD!!! ~Vicki~

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      coolmals 6 years ago

      very useful info !! Congrats on LOTD!!

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      Arquinn 6 years ago

      Congrats for being chosen as the LOTD! :D

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      Glenn619 6 years ago

      hey nice lens, congrats for being chosen as lens of the day

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      resabi 6 years ago

      Congrats on a well-deserved LOTD. This is very helpful. Love the hire your kids idea...

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      Oliversbabycarecouk 6 years ago

      Very helpful lens and congrats on the lens of the day. good job

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      mistyblue75605 lm 6 years ago

      Wow very informative!! Thanks! Congrats on LOTD

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      Fox Music 6 years ago

      Thank You These are Great Ebay Tax Tips and Congrats on Lens of the Day!!

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      Fox Music 6 years ago

      These are Great eBay Tax Tips Thank You

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      dryder 6 years ago

      Great lens ... congrats on getting LOTD!

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      JanisRemaxRealtor 6 years ago

      I have been thinking of opening a store on ebay. This has been helpful! Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      tax = Gayus Tambunan

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      thetruthtosixpackabs 6 years ago

      Thank for the information very useful.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Great choice for LOTD. We have an excellent CPA who stays on top of the latest rules and regulations. I was audited once and it was not a pleasant experience. I had a part-time job as a fitness instructor, and the nasty auditor denied my legitimate business deductions and also heaped on a bunch of outrageous fees. I ultimately went through 3 auditors, and the last one was a nice guy who gave me a break. Nevertheless, I ended up quitting my business after 7 years.

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      EbizTaxTips LM 6 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: Wow, that's horrible! Amazing how nasty some of those IRS people can be... probably because they hate their jobs!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very helpful and informative ebaytaxtips,thanks for

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      dawnsantiquesan 6 years ago

      Great info thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm 18 and a full time student in the UK.

      I started selling on eBay December 2010, for profit, and have made a profit of £540 ($865) since then, although I sold £1700 ($2700) worth of stock and have had this passing through PayPal and bank account.

      Do I have to worry about tax?


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      Taxmandue 6 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: Hey Kim. I would suggest contacting the taxpayer advocates office the next time something like this happens There are special provisions that deal with situations like yours where an auditor wakes and realizes he hates his life and tries to take it out on taxpayers!

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Very good!

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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      No questions as of now, but these tax laws are going to be very difficult for sellers. Thanks for providing all of this information. Blessed.

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      SummersSorbet 6 years ago

      Fabulous lens!! Great answers to questions everybody has to selling/profiting online. I will refer back often - thanks!

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Returned to bless your lens.

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      Miaham129 6 years ago

      I have a questions. How come I can't collect sales taxes from all the state if I have to paid taxes at year end due to the 1099 law? Instead of cutting in to my profits. The customers should paid for this tax not us.

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      nadjaiskeniskie 6 years ago

      Brilliant lens. Now to get my record keeping properly organized. Ty.

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      ramonabeckbritman 6 years ago

      Very informative lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      mauahmed 5 years ago

      Nice post. But there are some aspects of accountancy which you can not do it yourself anymore. Not agree with me then google "problems with iXBRL". For more business start up deals please visit

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      If you are looking for such software that can do famous keeping of tax information for you that you may consider personal finance packages such as Speed (From Intuit) of Microsoft Money. I mentioned this software is because I used them both, also I know that they are easy to use and most significantly very easy to learn. accountancy firms

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      dvpwli 5 years ago

      Very well written, I have observed some of lenses, which is really awesome, Here i am looking and collecting great lenses list and want to publish one lens. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      WOW! Thanks for sharing your ideas and tips with the squid community. This is a fantastic lens! Keep up the great work.

      One big thumbs up vote given for this lens.

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      StickyEntertainment 5 years ago

      I noticed this while visiting another of your lenses. Great info for those of us making some eBay money. Well done and informative.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm an ebay trading assistant. I sell excess inventory for a computer networking company. I collect all monies due from buyer less commission and the rest goes back to my consignor. Do I pay taxes on the gross amount collected from buyer or my commission? What tax form do I fill out?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My 22 year old daughter and I share our ebay business. But only my social sec.number is used in paypal. She is more of a partner than just an employee. How do I handle this.

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      couponsworld 5 years ago


      Good information on tax preparation. Good choice of squidoo to select it as LOTD. Even i had this monthly hassle of tax. But now all thanks to Turbo Tax Discount Coupons. to save my expenses.


      Carol Dsouza

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Very helpful article. I'm just beginning to sell on eBay and am glad to have these facts. Thanks.

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      mdeakub 5 years ago

      The content is superb. Highly helpful even for experienced eBay business people. Carry on!

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      nice lens!

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      priscillab 5 years ago

      Wow- I was just saying today that I wish I knew someone who could answer my questions and I found the answers here. Thank you. I will be revisiting this lens again.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Wednesday-Elf: You should consider other options as well. I would try to sell on craigslist then move on to ebay if your not getting any hits. Craigslist is free and just as good, I talk about posting it on craigslist posting tipsalso to help new sellers.

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      eazy20 5 years ago

      owed this year. would have bought myself a laptop if I did not owe.

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing all these helpful tips and resources. ~~Blessed~~

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      collierlewisjew 5 years ago

      very helpful! thank you so much!

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      craig57 lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for the helpful tips!

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      Hashuk 4 years ago

      thanks for the useful tips

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      TheFreeLife 4 years ago

      Very informative lens! Thanks for taking the time to put this on here!

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      mouse1996 lm 4 years ago

      Great information. I'm not planning to sell on Ebay but this information is very helpful for what I do plan on doing.

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      Bigwas 4 years ago from Philippines

      I merely want to buy from eBay but its nice to know things cited above for who knows I might sell one day

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      Looking for info on how to handle personal items and it looks like you may have answered it.

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      katherined 2 years ago

      I need help with this too! Thanks. BTW, if anyone needs to fill out a 1099 rules form, I found a blank form here

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      Johne667 21 months ago

      Regards for helping out, superb information. bedckkakbdde

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