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Old 04.06.2009, 12:58
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Tax on Ebay Sales

Hi everyone,

Someone asked me yesterday how does the tax system work here for people that sell on Ebay.
I've had a look around the Ebay website but can't find anything relating to Switzerland.

Does anyone know how it works? Do we have to declare "earnings" made from selling our stuff on Ebay/Ricardo or similar?
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Old 04.06.2009, 13:25
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Re: Tax on Ebay Sales

Wouldn't you just have to declare 'profits' rather than earnings? And if you're just selling off your own second-hand stuff, then you'd never make a profit once you've deducted the purchase costs.

I suppose it's different if you're talking about it being a substantial income, like a small business.

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Old 04.06.2009, 13:37
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Re: Tax on Ebay Sales

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Does anyone know how it works? Do we have to declare "earnings" made from selling our stuff on Ebay/Ricardo or similar?
If you do it on an on-going basis with the objective to make a profit then you have to declare it. Be careful, you might need to register your business with AHV and pay 7.6% VAT as well.
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Old 04.06.2009, 14:42
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Re: Tax on Ebay Sales

Ktipp states that if you only occasionally sell items for friends, and else only your own possessions that you haven't originally acquired with the intent to trade them on Ebay, you don't have to pay any tax.
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Re: Tax on Ebay Sales

Thanks for your replies folks.

It was just to sell off someone's personal property.

Is there a maximum amount that they let you "earn"?
The person in question is hoping to get over 5'000.- (mind you, it might only be half that. You never know on Ebay :P )
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Thanks for your replies folks.

It was just to sell off someone's personal property.

Is there a maximum amount that they let you "earn"?
The person in question is hoping to get over 5'000.- (mind you, it might only be half that. You never know on Ebay :P )
For these "small" amounts i don't think the tax office really cares !
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Re: Tax on Ebay Sales

No exemptions to taxation!

Selling your own stuff results in a loss. Selling new stuff, you make a profit and it must be declared.
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