Apple Reminds Customers in Some U.S. States of Upcoming Sales Tax Holidays

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With a number of U.S. states preparing to host "sales tax holidays" in which certain items can be purchased without being subject to sales taxes, Apple has begun sending out emails to customers in those states reminding them of the potential to save significant amounts of money on purchases such as computers and accessories.

    Sales tax holidays are typically held in early August as back to school shopping is in full swing, and item eligibility varies by state, with clothing and school supplies being the most common exempt items while some states also include computers. Apple has a feature page highlighting the ten states where certain Apple products will qualify for tax-free status, including links to full details on eligible products and price limits for each of those states. States where some Apple products qualify for the programs include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

    For education customers, the sales tax holidays come on top of Apple's discounted Mac pricing and its Back to School promotion, which offers customers gift cards of up to $100 with the purchase of a new Mac, iPad, or iPhone. The gift cards are valid in any of Apple's digital stores, which include the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore.

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  2. boshii macrumors 68040


    Jul 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    In b4 NOOOOOOO! Apple's turning into Walmart.:rolleyes:
  3. Tubebaum macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2012
    Thankfully when you're a multinational corporation with loophole lawyers every day is a tax holiday.
  4. lolkthxbai macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2011
    In FL, the limit is $750 per item. Considering Apple's MacBooks are more expensive... not useful for the macbooks
  5. twoehr macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2013
    East Coast US
    I thought the same. I see Georgia's limit is $1k. Neither looks like its even the first $ amount is tax free and the rest isn't, it's an all or nothing kind of thing.
  6. Scott90 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    I believe Mac mini is the only product that's eligible (in FL).
  7. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Many iPads etc are also. And given that Apple's discount is only for college kids, those parents with grade school requirements to get a ipad will love saving any pennies off it.
  8. Scott90 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    Oh, didn't realize they qualified. Not the best idea though, considering they'll likely see an upgrade in about a month or two.
  9. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    So now Apple us trying to get customers to evade taxes. :D

  10. Georgij macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2013
    People blame Apple when they avoid legally tax. But they themselves like to buy stuff on tax holiday. :rolleyes:
  11. applesith macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2007
    This is a good way to stimulate large purchases. I wish more states did this.
  12. Jim L macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2011
    The Piedmont, NC
    Good timing for me....

    Our tax-free weekend starts this Friday.

    I'm planning on getting a Mac mini and possibly a rMBP. :)

    Which saves me ~$130 in tax. :D
  13. GSPice macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2008
    If California had a tax holiday, 30% of its residents would starve, die, or not be able to afford lottery tickets.
  14. oldhifi macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2013
    Tax Free Holiday

    I plan to get a IPad...maybe refrubished
  15. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    Or, you know, just shop in New Hampshire. I think there's another state without sales tax, but I do most of my shopping in NH.
  16. sp3k0psv3t macrumors regular


    Jun 3, 2013
    Miami, FL
    Anybody do the math yet on the savings at 7% tax on new MBA.....

    Looking for total out of pocket AFTER student discount and free App card and NO tax.

    I'm at work and being lazy lol.

  17. johncrab macrumors 6502


    Aug 11, 2011
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Since businesses (usually from out of state) generally get a free ride by getting to keep all sales tax just for operating in some states (including mine), it is nice that some states have one day when the consumer gets to make some purchases tax-free. Some states even have caps on the max amount of tax which can be assessed on any one item. This stimulates the LOCAL economy and Apple is clever to leverage this in the states that offer it.
  18. Squilly macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    If the new rMBP is released before the Tax Holiday, I'm all for this instead of traveling to Delaware.
  19. anubis72 macrumors regular


    Jan 18, 2004
    I'm screwed. Illinois will NEVER have tax-free days. Thanks, Chicago.
  20. NeroAZ macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2009
    Phoenx, AZ
    We used to have a permanent tax holiday called, but the state of AZ sued them, and I guess since we have 2 or 3 distribution centers here, they now charge us tax. :/
  21. technopimp macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    Or you could just order from someplace like macmall or amazon and (in many cases) not pay tax any day of the year (yes, I know there are now some states where that's no longer the case).
  22. inlinevolvo macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2012
    You had time to write this but couldn't figure out 7% of the msrp. How do I get a refund on the taxes spent on your education?
  23. pavelbure macrumors 6502a

    Feb 22, 2007
    There is a way around that. Instead of buying from amazon look at some of the other retailers listed. If you buy from a third party they won't charge you tax. You have to take into account all things though, shipping costs, time, ect.

    I have done this a few times and saved a few bucks.
  24. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    If your school says your kid must show up on day one with an iPad you buy what is out. 'There will be a new one in two months' won't fly.

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