Sales Tax...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by tuartboy, Jun 9, 2005.

  1. tuartboy macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, here's the deal:

    I'm used to buying at newegg and other such retailers which do not charge tax in my state (indiana) for internet sales. I am very soon buying a PB but I was wondering why Apple is going to charge me an extra $80 for sales tax. What is up with this? Is Apple right and others wrong or is this just a grey area apple is on the whiter side of?

    I don't know about purchasing from other retailers because I am going to be using the edu discount...
     
  2. topgunn macrumors 65816

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    From Apple's online store FAQ:
     
  3. sk8erboy macrumors regular

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    reason number zero zero zero zero zero zero one why i hate apple.
     
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    You hate them because they are in all 50 states or because they obey the law (due to the fact that they have a presence in those states)?
     
  5. topgunn macrumors 65816

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    If you want the educational discount, you have to pay sales tax unless you are a resident in a state that doesn't charge sales tax. You can buy from Amazon and not pay tax but you lose the ability to build-to-order and use an educational discount. Otherwise, you could travel to a state that doesn't have sales tax but you would likely spend many times more in gas.
     
  6. tuartboy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks topgunn. I guess I'll just buckle up and give caesar his due.

    Kindof a bum deal though...
     
  7. bit density macrumors 6502

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    You do, of course, realize that even though the store does not collect the sales tax, you still *owe* the state the tax?

    Nobody may be looking, but you legally still owe the tax.
     
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  9. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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  11. skubish macrumors 68030

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    In Michigan you suppose to pay sales tax for internet purchases regardless of whether the store and a physical presence in the state or not. Whether people do or not is another matter but it is the law.
     
  12. sk8erboy macrumors regular

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    .... Neither ?????
     
  13. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    So what is:
    ?
     
  14. hammackj macrumors newbie

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    I just got hit with a $218 tax. ****ing horrible =\
     
  15. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Hmmm...

    You may wish to reconsider that position as you drive down a state highway on your way to a state funded school or hospital, or use any of the other services that your state and local taxes pay for.

    Then say a prayer of thanks you don't live in Canada (14%-15% tax in most provinces) United Kingdom (17.5%) Netherlands (19%), France (19.6%), Austria & Bulgaria (20%) Belgium (21%) Denmark, Norway, Sweden or Hungary (25%)

    http://www.deloitte.com/dtt/article/0,1002,sid%3D2959%26cid%3D5028,00.html
     
  16. hammackj macrumors newbie

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    I live in Texas. They suck at handling money. =\
     
  17. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Although you all do get that social medicine deal... which would be nice down here.
     
  18. Stinkythe1 macrumors regular

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    Mississippi doesn't have an apple store, so do I have to pay sales tax?
     
  19. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Yes, as mentioned above Apple has a presence in all 50 states. It's often a corporate office.
     
  20. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    That is if the state has something like a Use Tax (like I know DC and VA have). It requires you to pay sales taxes on the difference of any taxes you paid (if lower than the state you reside), of the full state sales tax if you paid none.

    With mail-order is possible for states to request shipping records to see which residents have been receiving goods and failing to pay the Use Tax.
     
  21. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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  23. mcarnes macrumors 68000

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    I'm in Oregon and in 35 years I have NEVER had to pay sales tax for anything! :D

    (sorry, had to rub it in)
     
  24. Jschultz macrumors 6502a

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    wait a second...so you just walk in, and if something costs 40 bucks, you just give them 40 bucks?? Too weird!
     
  25. spinne1 macrumors 6502a

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    But what do you pay in other forms of tax in Oregon? No way you are getting a free ride.

    For example, here is Tennessee we have no state income tax. Great, right? Well, no, because the sales tax is 9.25%. The property tax will also get you. Not to mention all the hidden taxes in all the things we do in life. The amount of tax burden we all bear really is ridiculous. Before FDR's new deal, federal income tax was like 3% from what I hear. Now THAT is more like it.
     

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