taxes, taxes, taaaxes!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by youtoo, Aug 26, 2007.

  1. youtoo macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2007
    #1
    Hi,

    I've just bought a MBP + iPod via apple.ca and I paid 315CAD of taxes!!!

    That's a lot of money I wasn't expecting to pay! I was going to pay those taxes if I were buying the MBP in-store in Montreal?

    I saw I still cancel my order so... what are your thoughts about this?

    Thanks for your quick reply!!

    PS: What a newbie I am :/ xD
     
  2. yg17 macrumors G5

    yg17

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2004
    Location:
    St. Louis, MO
    #2
    It's just your standard sales tax. You'll pay that anywhere you go
     
  3. sblasl macrumors 6502a

    sblasl

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2004
    Location:
    Heber Springs, AR
    #3
    Whenever you purchase from Apple, you will pay the applicable taxes. You would have to purchase from Amazon, MacMall, etc., to avoid sales tax. You then forfeit the MBP/iPod deal as that is only via Apple.
     
  4. mojohanna macrumors 6502a

    mojohanna

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2004
    Location:
    Cleveland
    #4
    You dont avoid the tax, you just don't get charged for it by the reseller. You are still responsible ;) for the taxes.
     
  5. X5-452 macrumors 6502

    X5-452

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2006
    Location:
    Calgary, Canada
    #5
    You have to pay the same GST no matter where you are in Canada (assuming you're there since you went to apple.ca), which is 6%. The PST is entirely dependent on where you are though. In Alberta there's none, while PEI has the largest in Canada at 10%. If you were to go in store then you'd have to pay the same taxes. You have to pay taxes on everything in this life.
     
  6. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

    MovieCutter

    Joined:
    May 3, 2005
    Location:
    Washington, DC
    #6
    Ha ha ha...sure you are. ;)
     
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    Joined:
    May 19, 2002
    #7
    Some people are more responsible than others, and some get taken down hard as Dennis Kozlowski.
     
  8. CalBoy macrumors 604

    CalBoy

    Joined:
    May 21, 2007
    #8
    Technically, businesses are responsible for disclosing sales taxes as it's a tax on items sold, not on item bought. The reason online vendors like Amazon and MacConnection don't charge you sales tax is because they don't have a physical presence in your state (I'm talking about the US here). Some MacConnection buyers do pay sales tax, but only if there is a MacConnection store in the state they live in. States know that people are getting around the tax in this way, so some of them are enacting a "use" tax, which is equal to the sales tax rate. Essentially, it would let the state get its money. However, if your state doesn't have a "use" tax enacted, I see no reason to pay the tax. After all, it was never your responsibility to pay from the beginning;)
     

Share This Page