Does Apple charge tax on unsubsidized price?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Ryan Burgess, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. Ryan Burgess macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2013
    Hi, I bought on iPhone 5s 16gb from best buy on Friday for $261. The tax was insane....anyways, I've had the phone for 3 days and already need more storage, so I was wondering if I return this to best buy and buy a 32gb from the apple store will the tax be 8% of $299 or 8% of $750?

    Just trying to see if it's ANY cheaper to buy from apple. Thanks
  2. ERIC273 macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2009
    Based on the state you buy it from.
  3. komiothebeat macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2008
    Corona, CA
    i know it's redic. here in california the tax is run off the of the unsubsidized price, and not the sale price.
  4. Ryan Burgess thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2013
    Thanks. Im in california so i guess it would be the same either way
  5. Mixedcreation macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2013
    If you bought your device from Best Buy you are definitely over paying Sales Tax in the state of CA. There are a couple other threads in the forum going over this. Additionally they are not charging 8% on $649 but on $699.99 as they charge an additional $50.99 above everyone else for an unsubsidized device and in all likelihood you may be being charged 10.018% rather then 8% that you should be. I'd check the receipt if I were you as it would likely be cheaper to get it from a different place. Just remember you only have 3 days to return it in order to get your upgrade eligibility back in most cases.
  6. jian macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2008
    San Francisco
    In Cali, they charge for full unsubsidized tax where has in Nevada, they tax based on the 199, or 299/399.
  7. mytakeontech macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2010
    Get it from Walmart. I am not sure you will get from WM the 32 GM or greater but WM charges tax only on subsidized price.
  8. fark macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2013
    Walmart doesn't create tax laws, the collect sales tax according to the state they are located in. If the store is in CA, they collect sales tax on the unsubsidized price.
  9. Nothlit macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2009
    I believe California, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island are the states that require sales tax to be calculated on the full, unsubsidized value of the phone.
  10. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    This. Sucks..
  11. darcspyd3r macrumors 6502


    Aug 14, 2013
    I can confirm that the Apple Store only charges tax on the subsidized price in Nevada. However, an AT&T store will charge tax on the full price (it could be standard practice for them). You could always use a road trip to Las Vegas!
  12. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    I just moved to California and think this is ridiculous!


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