iPhone5 Upgrade: How is Sales Tax Calculated?!

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  1. Scottyee, Sep 14, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2012

    Scottyee macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area, USA
    I just pre-ordered online, a $399.99 64GB iPhone5 (Black) from Verizon Wireless because they (Verizon) offered me a $30 phone upgrade discount credit bringing the price down to $369.99.

    The sales tax in my area (San Francisco Bay Area) is 8.75%.

    The sales tax for my iPhone5 came to $74.37, so must have been
    based on the full retail ($849.99) price of the iphone5, and not
    my $399.99 2 year contract renewal price.

    If ordered from Apple, would Apple calculate the sales tax differently?

    In addition, Verizon charges a $30 upgrade activation fee. Would this fee be charged if my Verizon iPhone5 were ordered from Apple instead?

  2. HowardSmith macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2012
    I think they do charge tax on the higher non-upgrade price, it has been discussed before and there is a upgrade fee.
  3. dave006 Contributor


    Jul 3, 2008
    Just West of East
    Yes, Apple would have to charge you tax based on the full retail price just like Verizon did. Blame the state you live in. California and Rhode Island both do this.

    Yes, you have to pay the $30 fee to Verizon since even though you purchased the device from Apple your contract is with Verizon.

  4. crewpride macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2010
    I believe California and Rhode Island are subject to tax on the full item price. Not sure about other states but it mentions these two on apples website.
  5. iphone495 macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2012
    Yes, you would be charged the activation fee if you order from Apple too. I don't know why your sales tax is that high tough, mine was like 11 bucks. When I did my upgrade from Apple, it based my sales tax on what I paid, not what I would've paid without contract.
  6. thenobody macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2011
    We got charged two different sales taxes with two phones going to the same area. $9 difference. Crazy but whatever
  7. dieburnbot macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2008
    Haha yah California sucks for cell phones. That's why I have mine shipped to my brother in Arizona and then he ships it to me with priority mail. Save about 40 bucks in taxes. Only drawback is I have to wait a day or two.
  8. dudemanla macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2009
    Call your Phone company and ask them to waive the upgrade fee. If you have been a valued customer for a long time then they will probably waive it as a courtesy. They may note it on your account to waive it and when your next bill comes in give Verizon or ATT a call and request to waive the upgrade fee. :) I did that with ATT and because I am a long time customer and I pay my bill ontime every month ATT told me they would waive it and they told me to call them when I get my bill.

  9. ericver macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2012
    How did you do it? Did you purchased it on-line and have it shipped to your brother or your brother ordered the phone in AZ for you. Thanks.
  10. dieburnbot macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2008
    I have AT&T. So what I do is login into the wireless account and change the account billing address to the address I want it shipped to.

    Then I change the billing address of my credit card to match the shipping address as well (Amex lets you do it online very quickly). Then I order it online.

    If you want you can also have the receiving person purchase it in store for you. They have to be listed on your account as an authorized user though. AT&T lets you add those on the website as well. Only drawback to this method is that you'll have to setup a way to pay the buyer.
  11. albertxp06 macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2011
    That's odd. I pre-ordered a 16GB iPhone 5 from AT&T and I didn't get charged tax at all. Credit card statement has a charge of $199.99 and my monthly bills stayed the same. Huh.

    I live in CA and I got charged tax when I bought my iPhone 4 in-store.

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