eBay Asks Sellers To Lobby On Tax Reform, Flubs Contact Form
eBay is once again asking sellers to help lobby Congress to change the 1099-K tax reporting threshold, but in yet another typical eBay mis-execution, sellers report technical issues with the contact form set up for the effort and some are saying eBay is even directing the contact form to the wrong representative. 🤦♀️
A problematic tax reporting provision will force millions of Americans to receive confusing and burdensome IRS forms. These additional income tax forms (1099-K) will be issued for the sale of virtually all goods, even used or pre-owned goods, where no income tax is owed. This new change will mean even people selling only a few things a year online will receive confusing tax forms intended for businesses.
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Hello, dear eBay,
Please fix your send a letter form. Current form is flaky, ridiculous, and disappears by itself when I tried to fill it in. As a disabled dyslexic Autistic I certainly do not appreciate such waste of my processing power. If you want people to actually help, please fix your form. Thank you.
Assume you got this from eBay re the ridiculously low reporting threshold. Unfort, they have the wrong Congressman for me on their form due to recent gerrymandering in my State, but I sent anyway. It may fall on deaf ears but it’s something.
Others who didn't experience technical issues still bristled at the idea of being asked to do unpaid volunteer work when they believe eBay's motivations are primarily self serving - ie. eBay is more concerned about their increased compliance burden and costs than actually helping sellers.
Shame on Ebay asking for sellers help in dealing with congress on this new $600 tax reporting bill.
First off, perhaps you need to make wiser choices when voting.
Second, where were you eBay when your sellers needed help in dealing with non-paying buyers? You take the side of the buyers and don't allow negative feedback to be posted against them, yet they can post negative feedback against the sellers. It's time you look at your own policies and support the sellers that keep you in business. I personally have been with you since you started in 1998. I refuse to sell anymore because of your rules, policies, and high fees.
I wonder if eBay is trying to drive up the sales of large companies and remove the small sellers from their platform because of this new law. They seem very stressed out about the cost for reporting that many people to the IRS. Recently so many people's sales are completely horrific, it just makes you wonder...
I thought that was a strange request from eBay as well. Why would this make any difference to me? I realize it will be more work for eBay without being able to pass on the man hours and payment to those men and women to the IRS. They are so accustomed to passing on all extras to the seller, oh, wait, they will find a way to increase your final value fees! That is why it is going to be "our" problem, but they would find any reason to raise those fees no matter what.
Guess what I am going to do. Nothing. Nothing at all. eBay wants to have their cake and eat it too. eBay wants to keep on making money, by taking it off from sellers like me and you and also from buyers. Let me take my violin out...
It's a combination of MANY issues, why I would not lift a finger to help eBay. As a matter of fact, I WILL do the opposite. I will tell my reps to ignore this buffoonery.
eBay has been putting the screws to sellers for years. Fraud and theft is rampant, and eBay sure isn't doing a thing to help sellers. They tell you "it's a cost of doing business". Guess what eBay? That reporting you have to do and the expense of it? IT'S A COST OF DOING BUSINESS. Suck it up buttercup. No pity here, you are out of luck.
The ONLY seller who have ANY "interest" in helping eBay are the same sellers that have not been reporting the income before. ANYONE who is following the law and running their business properly, have ZERO interest in this political bullstuff.
The real impact of this law is not on us as taxpayers---we are supposed to report income whether we sell $600 or $20,000 on here (or any other amount).
The real impact is that ebay will have to spend a fair bit of money to comply with the requirement that they send out these documents to millions of sellers, and that means the impact will be felt on us as sellers---ebay will pass the cost onto us one way or another, and we can try to pass it on to our buyers, but make no mistake, ebay will not be paying for this, we will.
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