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Sellers often have to add sales tax to the items they sell.

While some countries have but one sales-tax rate across the entire country, there are a few countries that have multiple sales-tax jurisdictions and sellers can simplify the process of adding sales tax to the price items sold in these countries by creating sales-tax tables for the different jurisdictions into which they sell.

Currently, Canada (CA), India (IN), and the United States (US) have multiple sales-tax jurisdictions. To get a list of the tax jurisdictions for these countries, call getSalesTaxJurisdictions call in Metadata API. Then use the calls in the sales_tax resource of the Account API to create and manage your sales-tax tables.

For details and an example of how this works, see How to create a sales tax table.

Important! Starting in January 2019, eBay will begin to calculate, collect, and remit sales tax on behalf of sellers for items shipped to customers. This feature is rolling out on specific dates to specific US states as defined on the following page: eBay sales tax collection.

Once eBay starts to collect sales tax for a state, no action is required on the seller's part and there will be no charges or fees for eBay automatically calculating, collecting and remitting sales tax. The sales-tax collection process will apply to all the sales in the states that support this feature, whether the seller is located in or outside of the United States.

When a buyer purchases an item on eBay, and the ship-to address is one of the states where eBay collects the sales tax, eBay will calculate and add the applicable sales tax at checkout. The buyer will pay both the cost of the item along with the sales tax. eBay will collect and remit the tax.