Ethical Consumer viewed the Center for Responsive Politics website, www.opensecrets.org, in August 2018.

Ebay and its employees had given $176,606 to US political parties in 2018, with 58% going to Democrats.

It had also spent $830,000 on lobbying.

Reference:

Open Secrets website 2018 (2018)

In 2018 Ethical Consumer consulted its list of the members of groups it considered to be free trade lobby groups, updated in March 2018.

Ebay was listed as a member of World Economic Forum, Coalition of Service Industries, National Foreign Trade Council and US Council for International Business.

Ethical Consumer considered these to be groups that campaigned for free trade to the possible detriment of people, plants and animals.

Reference:

Ethical Consumer Lobby Group member list (8 March 2018)

According to eBay's 2017 form DEF14a filed with the US government, four directors received more than £1 million in 2017, the amount that Ethical Consumer considers excessive. The highest paid received $17,670,591.

Reference:

Form DEF14a 2017 (21 August 2018)

In June 2021 Ethical Consumer viewed Ebay's list of subsidiaries in its family tree on the Hoovers corporate database. This showed that the company had more than two subsidiaries in jurisdictions considered by Ethical Consumer to be tax havens at the time of writing. Of these, some were holding companies, which was a high risk company type for likely use of tax avoidance:
eBay International Holding GmbH, in Switzerland
eBay Classifieds Holding B.V., in Netherlands

An internet search using the search terms “Ebay tax policy statement country” found no country-by-country financial information or reporting (CBCR). Ebay's Global Tax Policy was found which stated: "We do not use secrecy jurisdictions or “tax-havens”, as defined by the OECD, for tax avoidance or savings." But the company did not provide a narrative explanation for what each group entity located in a tax haven is for, and how it is not being used for purposes of tax minimisation.

Given that Ebay had two or more high risk subsidiaries in jurisdictions on Ethical Consumer's tax haven list and no country-by-country financial information, nor narrative explanation, the company received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for likely use of tax avoidance strategies and lost a full mark under Tax Conduct.

Reference:

Generic Hoovers ref (5 January 2021)

According to the Guardian, in March 2016, eBay were to be held liable, in some cases, for VAT fraud committed by overseas sellers using their websites – and costing Britain hundreds of millions of pounds a year in lost tax receipts.

The chancellor of the UK was giving tax inspectors new powers to warn high-risk overseas sellers active in the UK through eBay and other online market places. If, after those warnings, sellers do not correctly collect VAT within 30 days, eBay and Amazon coulc be held liable for the missing tax.

The Treasury estimated that this measure woulc recoup £875m in lost VAT receipts over the next four years – though it is not expected to halt tax fraud altogether. The total cost to the taxpayer of this abuse was officially estimated at £1bn to £1.5bn a year.

Reference:

amazon-ebay-liable-vat-sellers-budget-2016 (31 March 2016)