If you’re like millions of Americans you’ve bought or sold something on eBay.
For those who sell, Bill Gephardt says sometimes they get a surprise from the Internal Revenue Service.
Online auctions sellers fall into two groups, people selling personal belongings or businesses going on-line to sell their stuff.
The Internal Revenue Service tells me that when filing your taxes those who sell their own stuff…shoes…barbeques…whatever�don’t have to claim those earnings.
If you are selling the item to make a profit above and beyond what you paid the feds consider you’re running a small business and must claim those earnings.
The IRS says if you’re selling a personal item, you are merely recouping what you spent on it so there’s no need to claim it.