Tax Free Weekend

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by patmort02, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. patmort02 macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2006
    So it's tax-free weekend in Massachusetts this sunday and saturday. I just finished up an internship so I have more cash than I know what to do with just sitting in my bank account. I know I shouldn't buy a new macbook pro with the updates coming out relatively soon and the graphics card problems, but I don't know if I'll be able to resist the temptation.

    Anyone else in the same boat?
  2. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    In the UK we have nothing like this and I'm wondering, what is the advantage to the Government of having a "tax free weekend"?
  3. scotty96LSC macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    I treat tax-free weekend like Black Friday, I avoid it like the plague.
    I shop tax free 365 days as I have access to the military base. No, absolutely no need, to save 8-10 cents on the dollar.
  4. hhlee macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2005
    new hampshire is your friend. tax free everyday.
  5. Luigi239 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2007
    It is referring to the sales tax, like your VAT, except ours is not included in the purchase price. It's up to the states to decide how much they want their sales tax to be (or if they want one at all). It usually ranges from 5-10%. Some states choose to hold a tax free weekend, so for example in Maryland where tax is 6%, a Macbook Pro would cost $2120 with tax, on a tax free weekend it would only be $2000.

    (of course maryland with our cheap governor who just raised the sales tax doesn't have a tax free holiday...:rolleyes:)
  6. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Yeah, I understand how sales tax in the USA works, but why would the Government allow a period where there is none? What do they have to gain from it?
  7. mayanka89 macrumors regular


    Aug 10, 2008
    I think it is just to stimulate spending.
  8. spamdumpster macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2008
    You must be a communist, eh comrade?:D
  9. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    It's tax free weekend in Texas too, but unfortunately it only includes school clothes and backpacks for kids.
  10. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    well i'd love a holiday like that here. highest sales tax in the country if i'm not mistaken, sitting at 10.25% right now and going up again in november.
  11. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Here in the United Kingdom (the 52nd state) we pay 17.5%.
  12. techlover828 macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2007
    we have no tax free weekend in maine, but the taxes are pretty low, 5%
  13. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    afaik VAT and Sales Tax are two vastly different things.
  14. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    The only real reason for it is to boost sales. Nothing really more than that, and some companies are offering a sale on top of the no-sales tax. Some stores (including the Apple Store) are extending their hours for this weekend, and it is mainly a reason to boost sales for stores. But I believe that the sales tax does apply to all items $2500 and over, so you can't get away with buying something big like a car without having to pay tax.

    And for what it is worth, the sales tax here in MA is 5%.
  15. Mr$Whale macrumors member

    May 19, 2008
    Two reasons for tax free weekends. As others have mentioned tax free weekends stimulate economic spending and in our current economic slump, people aren't spending much nowadays. Thus, the states create incentive for their residents to shop.

    Another reason, in the of about five or six years ago in to make certain items tax free...such as computers. The state made a tax free weekend for computers to push families to purchase home computers. Apparently, our state had a low rate of computers per household, and felt we needed to catch up technologically. Which makes sense considering many government services nowadays are available electronically, along side school projects, etc.
  16. SDLSteve macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2004
    To get back to the original question. You'll face the same dilemma next year when they offer another tax free day and Mac Book Pros are getting ready to be updated. I personally would recommend doing it the route unless you need something custom.
  17. mac-mania macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2005
    I live in Massachusetts as well, if you want to save some cash wait until the new MBs come out and drive North to New Hampshire. Or if the current model is enough for you purchase it now. Your call buddy.
  18. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Off topic, but... I've lived in MA for almost 3 years and I never knew there was no sales tax in NH. I live north of Boston, so it would take me about 30 mins to get to the mall in Salem. nice!
  19. belunos macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2008
    Heh, here in TN the tax free thing for computers only goes up to $1500, so that would eliminate any respectable model you'd want. And being that sales tax here is around 10% it kinda sucks, but at least we don't have a state income tax ;)
  20. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    Are you meaning to tell me that you have never read the "You know you are from Massachusetts when..." points:eek:

    Here is a link, see number 94.
  21. danielpicasso macrumors member


    Jul 21, 2008
    tax free question

    the belief is that is helps to spur the economy. so people buy things and retailers and manufactuers benefit.... so does the US.
  22. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    It just stimulates spending and helps people think the government is all greedy bastards :D.

    Basically these tax free days get put into law by politicians looking to get re-elected.
  23. 204467 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    Like many others have said, it stimulates spending. I believe that it's also a part of trickle-down economics, or Reaganomics (which I am heartily against). Any economists out there, feel free to correct me.
  24. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2008
    Dallas, Texas/ Hong Kong
    We are a capitalistic society. Like others have said, tax free weekends encourages spending, like the way the Federal Reserve lower and raise interest rates, to again stimulate spending in all sectors of economy.

    Tax free weekends here in the States are usually advertised like mad in store ads, and is right before school starts.
  25. Googon macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2008
    When you are spending up to 2,000 dollars on a laptop, it adds up to roughly 200 dollars in tax. That is a chunk of money that I would rather not have divided up.

    I have 100 dollars tax on my MacBook, iPod Touch, and printer when I bought them today. I was mad that I had to spend that much money.

    In germany, you don't pay tax, because it is equaled into the products total price. About 35% of what you pay for something in Germany goes to support the mass tansit.

    I was born there, but moved to the U.S. when I was 3, and I am an American Citizen. I was mad when I was at the airport with my receipts trying to save a couple hundred dollars from getting my tax money back, but I am still a German citizen, and they wouldn't D:!

    Arrrgh. Das ist sheiß, ja?


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