Are you claiming benefits at the same time as running an eBay business? If so you should of course be declaring your eBay income but it appears some of our Aussie chums down under might have forgotten that eBaying counts as working.
According to AustralianIT, thousands of eBay PowerSellers will now be tracked and checked off against welfare claimants as part of the governments fraud checks. The Australian Department of Human Services will apparently receive a list of PowerSellers with a turnover of more than AUS$20,000 from eBay on an annual basis and be able to check which if any are in receipt of benefits.
When checking in a pilot from 15,000 eBay users they identified about 100 cases and more than AUS$800,000 of welfare claims for further investigation. The pilot has been so successful they’re making it a permanent and central feature of the Australian Government Human Services fraud program.
People using online trading to sell a few unwanted possessions or as a hobby will be left in peace, but if you’re making serious amounts of sales it’s probably (for which read certainly) better to declare your income than wait to be caught.