Purchasing the iPhone 7 as a tourist. No tax?

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  1. drewjonn macrumors regular

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    So, I live in Indonesia and even the iPhone 6S is not here yet (you read it right)

    I'm thinking about flying to Singapore for a weekend night this September, get myself the iPhone 7, hang around for a night, then come back (I have school)

    Also heard that purchasing from the Changi Airport would leave me GST free alongside the tax reimbursement. Now I'm wondering if it is true. Singaporean base price is pretty reasonable and no tax sounds a great deal. Is it possible to pay only the iPhone's base price if I purchase from Singapore?

    Anybody with the experience or has any knowledge about it? How do I ask for the tax reimbursement btw? Not even sure if Changi would have them that soon though, or airport's price might be expensive even without GST.
     
  2. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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    If you're flying in just to buy an iPhone for $800, 6% tax is $48. The reimbursement for tax is the last of your worries.
     
  3. drewjonn thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thought it was tax free since I'm not a citizen? by last of my worries, did you mean that the reimbursement is kinda obvious? So even 6% tax would be refunded, is that correct?

    I'm thinking about spending a night there and purchase at the airport upon my departure, but if they don't have it at Changi, I might be kinda screwed.
     
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    I would wait till the 6S is launched in Indonesia, due to potential problems if there was a warranty claim after getting home.
     
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    You are spending almost $1,000 on a phone, a few hundred on flights and hotel and you are worried about $50?
     
  6. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Lol what he said. You're really worried about tax when it will be the least expensive part of your whole plan?
     
  7. Channan macrumors 68030

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    You can't just buy it online and have it shipped to you?
     
  8. JT2002TJ macrumors 6502a

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    I'm an American who grew up in Indonesia (13 years starting from the age of 2), it was not uncommon to fly to Singapore to buy electronics. We used to go to Singapore just for the dentist... It is a quick flight from Jakarta to Singapore.

    You might be able to buy it duty free in the airport, but like said above, you may run into issues with warranty/repairs.
     
  9. ph001bi macrumors member

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    Ok for Tax Free shopping ino Singapore.
    You need to buy in the local apple store and mention that you want to purchase duty free. They will provide you with a specific form which you will need to keep together with the receipt.
    Once in the airport, there are Duty free self service machines where you can register your purchase. The machine will give you another form.
    Once you passed security, you have to go to the Duty free return office. They will pick up both forms (the one from the shop, and the one from the machine ) and register your credit card.
    The fund will be back on your credit card (the one you used to purchase the goods in the first place) up to a month later.
     
  10. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    We believe in everyone being equal and even you, a non-citizen will have to pay sales tax in the USA.

    If non-citizens did not have to pay tax, half our current population would be living tax free!
     
  11. JT2002TJ macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, foreigners can claim tax exemption. It isn't for everything, or every state, but there are some avenues to tax exemption for tourists in the US.

    https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/de...les-tax-paid-while-visiting-the-united-states
     
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  13. IFRIT macrumors 6502a

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    I suppose you agree with the US government charging income tax on citizens living and working abroad even though they using the country they are working in services!, but anyway this is way off topic.
     
  14. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    "Correcting users one fallacy at a time."

    LOL! Like a bathroom monitor?
     
  15. JT2002TJ macrumors 6502a

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    We had to do this. My father worked overseas for 30+ years, all the time paying Federal and State income taxes. But, to be fair, we do use US services, heck, this is why we have embassies and military all over the world (to protect US citizens and interests abroad).
     
  16. drewjonn thread starter macrumors regular

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    lol I did not mention anything about USA here and fact is that I know people go to Singapore from my country to purchase goods duty free. There you go, nothing to do with US sales tax or whatever you're saying.
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    Well say that I'm also travelling there for 2 days so it would be worth it ;)
     
  17. laudern macrumors 6502a

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    They are Americans. They can't help being self obsessed. Go easy on them.
     
  18. JT2002TJ macrumors 6502a

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    Hey... So, not true. Me Me Me... lol.
     

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