Anyway to avoid paying sales tax for iPhone 4?

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  1. macrumors member

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    I'm going to buy the 32gb and don't like to pay the unsubsidized tax of $68.15 (in orange county) Bringing the total cost of the new iPhone 4 to $367.15

    First and foremost I think that is just bs that some of us have to pay that much sales tax for a subsidized phone. Is there an out of CA state retailer that sells the iphone?

    I know I will have to pay taxes either way with:
    Apple Store
    AT&T
    Radioshack
    Best Buy
    Wal Mart

    or with any of those retailers above can I pay tax on the subsidized price?
     
  2. macrumors 68000

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    Yea, go to Nevada ( Las Vegas ) to avoid paying tax on the full retail price that hits CA, MA and RI. See at least two other states are using the same BS.

    Any retailer in California will have to charge you the tax. :(

    Dave
     
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    appleguy123

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    California needs the money more than you do. :)
     
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    Loves2spoon

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    lol @ paying $200 in gas to save $40 in tax... :)

    not to mention you might not want to go home so another $1000-$10,000 blown on strippers and booze.
     
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    ChrisGonzales90

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    I dont think so. If you live in a state that has a sales Tax you have to pay that tax. Yeah it sucks. Write to your congress and tell them you dont need a sales tax.

    This is why I love Oregon.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    Yeah I hate it too, I had to pay like 60 something in tax when I got my 16GB 3GS at the Apple store in Pasadena last year. I could have used that money for some accessories =[. I don't see it changing anytime soon unless the law changes.
     
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    Brien

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    Yeah, $70 in tax sucks.

    Also, nice to see another Fullerton resident on these boards.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors member

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    Sounds like a great excuse for a Vegas road trip :D The 68 bucks is enough gas to take me there and back haha. Well its not so bad I get taxed $29 in Vegas... Who knows I'll probably be testing out the new 720p recording inside the clubs and around the casino :p
     
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    Loves2spoon

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    I wanna party with this guy! :cool:
     
  10. macrumors 603

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    Are you sure you know what you're doing? I'm serious. I just calculated my tax on a $300 phone and it would be $18 at 6 percent. The always-trustable source that is Wikipedia said something about California having the highest tax rate at about 10 percent in some localities. What you're talking about is more like 23 percent on a $300 phone. How are you getting taxed $70?

    I know California has bad budget issues, but I can't forsee a 23 percent straight-up sales tax. Are you sure the $18 upgrade fee -- the awesomest fee ever -- isn't part of that?
     
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    6 ****ing percent?! NEWS FLASH: Southern California has a tax rate of 9.75%.

    6% would be welcomed with open arms.

    Almost 10% is murder IMHO.
     
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    rgarjr

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    Just pay the tax, CA needs it.
     
  13. macrumors 68000

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    No, the issue is that in the states of CA, MA and RI, they require you to pay tax based on the full retail price of the "subsidized phone" not the $299.99 subsidized price. That's what the OP was reporting, this issue comes up every year for those 3 states. :(

    That means that the tax is based on a iPhone 4 32 GB at $699.99

    Dave
     
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    Isn't the tax supposed to be on the unsubsidized price?
     
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    Even if you find a way, you're supposed to pay a use tax to CA :rolleyes:
     
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    redrog

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    Ha!

    It's 17.5% here and bound to go up soon.

    In Scandanavia it's about 25%
     
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    ChrisGonzales90

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    if you really want to get out of paying a sales tax for the phone then come up north to Oregon. We don't have one,.
     
  18. macrumors 68020

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    It totally sucks. It might be worth my while to arrange to pick up my phone in NY while visiting family. I can always rearrange my schedule to be there on the 24th.
     
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    palmerc2

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    there I fixed it for ya!

    You know, now that I think about it...it makes sense now...I didn't know the tax was on un-subsidized price. No wonder $41 for tax (was 8.25 at the time) was steep on a $299 phone.

    yikes, and now sales tax is more than that....
     
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    How does writing your congressional representatives help with a state matter:confused: :D You need to write your state representative and governor.;)
     
  21. thread starter macrumors member

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    Just watch Meg Whitman is gonna raise up CA taxes even more just like those horrendous ebay final closing fees!:eek:
     
  22. macrumors 6502

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    Anyone know what the current sales tax for California is? I paid 55 in tax for the 16gb 3GS last year at 9.25%. I just want a good estimate on how much tax I'll be paying for the 16gb Iphone 4 this year.
     
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    Jaro65

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    Yep, pretty atrocious how those went up over time, right? Still, CA does need the cash.
     
  24. macrumors member

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    You could get other OC residents in on this deal (iPhone upgraders avoiding CA tax ripoff) and all car pool. Split gas 4 ways and you break the cost down even more. I don't think your idea is half bad. :)
     
  25. macrumors 6502

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    i believe its different in every city or county or something like that

    i know in san jose, it is 9.25%

    i wish was in oregon during the release
     

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