iTunes now charges Taxes???

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  1. MattyMac macrumors 68000

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    I may be delayed in this discussion, but I havent downloaded a song from iTunes in a while and yesterday I bought two from a gift card. I noticed that they no longer charge me .99 cents, but they charge $1.06 :eek: They are charging the 7% sales tax that takes place in NJ.

    This stinks! It's only .07 cents, but it adds up.
     
  2. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    I remember something about this. I think it is only NJ thats affected. However I may be wrong.
     
  3. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    That's not the only funky thing...on occasion, I'll get charged $1.01 if I buy one iTunes song, on occasion $1.00. On the other hand, it's a debit card (check card) so...
     
  4. RBMaraman macrumors 65816

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    I live in Indiana, and have always paid sales tax (6%) on iTunes purchases.
     
  5. 840quadra Moderator

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    This isn't new.

    It depends on the state.

    Chances are, if you have an Apple Store, or Apple corporate office located in your state, you will also have to pay sales tax on online purchases (however this isn't the case for some states).
     
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    indeed. i've never been charged tax on the iTunes Store and i live in IL.

    *crosses fingers and hopes it never changes*
     
  7. Jovian9 macrumors 68000

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    Same here :)
     
  8. Aniej macrumors 68000

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    it's all state based, like going into nyc and buying a certain brand will result in no sales tax if shipped to my city of philadelphia if we do not have the brand. anyway, the point is, sales tax is determined at the state level.
     
  9. MattyMac thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah it does depend on the state when you purchase items online. If a certain company has a warehouse or store within that state, you will be charged sales tax...if not, then no tax.

    However, this sales tax is new here in NJ with iTunes purchases. Kind of a bummer too...with a 15$ gift card, I can now only get 14 songs:(
     
  10. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i believe it was a new law that when into effect for the new year, but i could be wrong on the details. i thought i saw someone else mention it a few months back...
     
  11. MattyMac thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I know our taxes jumped from 6.0% to 7.0% this past summer, maybe it has something to do with that change in law.
     
  12. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    I do know that the few times I bought something from the iTunes store that the price was originally including tax on my statement online, but when I would check it a few days later, it would be the regular .99 cents. And this is in Cook County, IL.
     
  13. MattyMac thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Illinois seems like the place to be to avoid taxes:)
     
  14. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    Only if you don't smoke cigarettes in the Cook County area or Chicago. It's at least a 100% tax if I remember right.

    Well, the city of Chicago in general is just bad if you don't want to pay high taxes...
     
  15. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    indeed. 9% tax on all purchases. :eek:
    most of the suburbs are 7.5-8% on all purchases depending i believe.

    this is one of the reasons i buy products from amazon and music from iTunes. its cheaper. Amazon doesn't charge me tax and neither does iTunes. 9.99 for an album is much better than 9.99+9% tax. :eek:

    Cigs are very very heavily taxed. My mother smokes and she gets her cigs far away from the city to avoid the high taxes.
     
  16. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    Yep, you go out just into DuPage County and the price of cigarettes drops in half. Same goes for fuel. And the sales tax is usually 6 percent out there...
     
  17. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    The NJ iTunes tax went into effect on October 1st, along with the rate increase.

    Linky

    And this immediately made me think of the Verizon customer service incident...it's 7 cents, not .07 cents. ;) :D :cool:
     
  18. losx12 macrumors member

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    I was also surprised to see that I was charged taxes when I made a purchase yesterday and I live in Illinois. I think it was because I bought two iPod games which are labeled as software and not music. It was 62 cents so it comes out to about a 6.2% tax if taking only the games into account, if taking the songs I bought into account, it would be 3.12% tax which makes no sense. So I'm thinking it's only for games, at least in Illinois.
     
  19. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    I also live in Indiana and also have always paid the 6% tax.
     
  20. MattyMac thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Wow...thanks for doing the research...I knew it was originally tax free and wondered why it changed. You answered my question.
     
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    I live in Rhode Island, and I have never paid tax on iTunes songs. I don't know if this is weird, but I have never paid tax on iTunes cards either.
     
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    Louisiana is one of those that has to pay taxes (8.75%) on anything we buy directly from Apple even though we have nothing Apple in the state.
     
  24. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Ya, this isn't true for California. Despite the fact that we have Apple's headquarters located in CA, we only pay $.99.
     
  25. zap2 macrumors 604

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    Ya, its a pain because my 25 dollar gift card doesn't get me 25 songs.
     

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