Apple Store tax policies

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by mrbrown, May 1, 2004.

  1. mrbrown macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2004
    Ozark, Missouri
    Hey everyone,
    Which address does Apple use to determine sales tax - the shipping address or the billing address? I want to know if I can ship the computer to my girlfriend's house (in New Hampshire), where there is no sales tax (she wasn't charged it with her iBook), and not have to pay sales tax (my billing addy is in Louisiana - which has 9% sales tax).

  2. papersushi macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2003
  3. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    I stand corrected... web site reads: Apple Store purchases will include sales tax based on the ship-to location and the sales tax rate in effect at the time of shipping. If you phone in your order, the Apple Store sales representative will provide the final dollar total of your order including tax and any applicable shipping charges at the time you place your order. If the sales tax rate for the state to which your order is being shipped changes before the product is shipped, the new tax rate in effect at the time of shipment will apply. The proof of purchase that Apple mails to you will include any applicable sales tax.
  4. papersushi macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2003
  5. cypher macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2003
  6. cyks macrumors 68020


    Jul 24, 2002
    Westchester County, NY
  7. DGFan macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2003
    It also matters if Apple has a physical presence in the state. A company with no physical presence in a state cannot be forced to charge sales tax in that state.

    So, for instance, since there is no Apple Store in Alabama - if Apple doesn't have any other physical presence in the state they can't be forced to charge sales tax there. Some companies do this voluntarily now though.

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