Macmall now charging tax?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Stevel93, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. Stevel93 macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2011
    Today when I was checking out for another MBA 13" base with the appleinsider discount, I caught the fact that at the final checkout page, there was a new $101 charge for "sales tax"? My state is only 6% sales tax so what the heck is this new charge? Anyone else seeing this?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    It probably depends on what state you are in.
  3. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    I justed created a sample order. I am in MD.

    They are, indeed, charging sales tax.

    Guess that takes them off my online merchant list
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Same here and I live in Taxachusetts.

    I think the list of companies not charging sales tax is shrinking and the day is coming where this will be the exception and not the norm
  5. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
  6. Stevel93 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2011
    Ordered a couple weeks ago and there was no tax...and it's over the state tax percentage
  7. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    Why? This is about MacMall taxing...
  8. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Yes, there's also a push at the federal level to require online merchants to collect state sales taxes on interstate shipments. Amazon is getting behind it, as they are seeing the writing on the wall with more and more states pushing them to collect sales tax.

    If they do collect taxes, it should be at MD level if that's where it's being shipped to, and not at CA's higher rate. I'd call them on it.
  9. philxor macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2010
    Most online retailers balk at the sales tax for everyone just because there are so many variances. This is taken from MacMall's site:

    Tax Rate

    In accordance with state and local law, your MacMall order will be taxed using the applicable sales tax or seller's use tax rate for your shipping address. If the tax rate changes before your purchase is shipped, the rate in effect at the time your order ships will apply.

    Tax-exempt orders

    If you believe your purchases are not subject to sales tax, please contact your Account Executive for assistance at (800) 622-6255 prior to placing an order.
  10. jlluna macrumors 6502

    Apr 21, 2010
    Holly Michigan
    Dang government, they just want all the money they could get, of course they are in depth.
  11. Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
  12. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    The debt is very deep though... :D
  13. xkmxkmxlmx macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2011
    Nice :p

    MacMall has always charged me tax, unfortunately. Having a look a their policy, it seems that ALL states get charged now. w
  14. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL

    Why do you say that? Amazon has always been the one who fights the hardest to avoid charging sales tax--even at the expense of ditching some of their affiliated merchants in some states. :confused:
  15. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    They have, but they have also supported the senate bill (sponsored by Richard Durbin D-IL) since they claim that the main reason they are fighting each of the states is that they want a level playing field and not 50+ sets of rules. The Senate bill would theoretically create that level playing field since it would mean all merchants in all states would be collecting sales taxes. I'm not sure what eBay's position on the bill is, though, since occasional sellers might get caught up by it, too.
  16. macking104 macrumors 6502


    Jan 14, 2003
    California, USA
    Check your states taxation department. Many states require you to self report out of state purchases and pay tax. Florida wants you to pay any difference in tax whether you bought something online or at a retail store in another state. One Midwestern state has you pay tax rate for your city, whether you buy something in your town, or in another in-state town.

    So, don't complain about states wanting to collect revenue... And don't complain this winter when roads aren't snow-plowed or streets are flooded from breaks in old water pipes... Or there are reductions in services to counter the high unemploymant rates from local retailers going belly-up.
  17. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    OMG please.... Misappropriation, overspending, etc are the cause. My state should be able to get its job done with what they already collect.
  18. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    Ahh--thanks for clarifying--that makes sense and personally I would still buy from Amazon the same as I do now even with the tax so I tend to agree with that strategy.
  19. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    CDW collects your states sales tax for you!
  20. aross99 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    Seems like this really going to hurt their sales. One of the reasons people buy from people like this is to save on the sales tax. There is a reason why Amazon is fighting so hard against this...
  21. gerabbi macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2009
    I live about 2 miles from MM brick & mortar but I generally order Apple stuff from Amazon because the CA sales tax is 9.25%. If Amazon goes ahead with this in CA. I'll just buy from MM they are too close and I can take the product off the shelf. :(
  22. ratpackjj macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2009
    Called Macmall to ask why I was being charged sales tax even for an order shipping to Maryland. Turns out their online system is incorrect in charging tax to my state. The CS rep suggested that I place the order and have them remove the tax in arrear.

    I have not done this yet. If you got charged tax when you should not have I would call with your order #.
  23. stark4 macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2008
    i saw the sale tax at the final checkout page while ordering macbook air. i didn't see that coming.. i guess i'll just buy it from apple store and get the MBA right way since i'm paying tax anyways..
  24. solo118 macrumors 65816

    May 16, 2011

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