2014 Back to School tax break

Apple is reminding customers of the upcoming sales tax free days in the United States. Specifically, as part of the back-to-school sales tax holidays, the company is reminding would-be shoppers of a not-to-be-missed opportunity to buy select Macs, iOS devices, accessories, educational software and services at a significant discount.

The Online Apple Store is now advertising a tax break on Macs and iOS devices purchased both at its brick-and-mortar outlets and online.

Even better, tax-free purchases can be combined with Apple’s own 2014 Back To School promotion to net yourself up to $100 in Apple Store gift cards for Macs, iPhones and iPads…

To buy Apple products tax-free in the U.S. states listed below, just shop at the Online Apple Store and add products to the shopping cart. Sales tax will appear during checkout.

“You’ll see the correct tax amount on your email order confirmation,” notes Apple.

As first noticed by AppleInsider, an updated informational page on the Online Apple Store
states that tax-free purchases of Macs and iOS devices are available in some U.S. states such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Shoppers can use Apple’s Store Locator webpage to locate a nearby store.

Each state, with the notable exception of South Carolina, imposes a different cap on individual purchases that are exempt from sales tax: Alabama and Florida limit you to $750 per purchase, $1,000 in Georgia and New Mexico, $1,500 in Tennessee, $2,500 in Massachusetts and $3,500 in Missouri. Note that some states require that a computer be one of the purchased items.

The sales tax holiday periods differ from one state to another. In Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, South Carolina and Tennessee the tax holiday period runs from August 1 to August 3. In Georgia it ends on August 2. Massachusetts has yet to set its holiday tax break period.

“Different states have different tax holiday periods,” cautions the firm. “Make sure you’re shopping on the right days, and learn which products are eligible.

Eligible products vary on a state-by-state basis and typically include iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, educational software, AppleCare, mice, keyboards and several other accessories.

MarketWatch offers 5 easy steps to prepare yourself for the tax season.

  • Dany Quirion

    Wow.. Should do it in Canada.. Paying 14.975% in taxs in Quebec

    • Dan

      yeah right… Couillard needs his money

      • Dany Quirion

        So does harper… And yet mericans complain about 4% tax lol

      • Steve R.

        It varies on the state, county (and even city) like I live in Los Angeles which has a 7.5% California sales tax, but in addition to that a 1.5% LA county sales tax, so after all purchases (aside from groceries and some other exemptions) it says 9% sales tax.

    • Eni

      20% in Italy


    No California love 🙁

  • Elvis Tawiah

    Wish we get this in the UK

  • Glorin

    I pay 23% in Greece…. 740 euro 16GB iPhone 5S.. convert it in dollard and stop crying over a 660$ price tag in US

  • SteveZ

    Lucky Americans!
    Here, 17% VAT for every f**king shi*e, sales tax is just another sin, thanks to that idiotic Chinese Communist Party.

  • Rupinder S

    It’s also worth staying that if you have a relative that works at a major company, you can get a discount. When I bought my iPad, the Genius that helped me asked if I work at any major company. I didn’t, but a cousin of mine works for Google and I told the genius, and he searched through a catalog of companies on the iPod they use, and I was able to get ~$15 off the iPad mini and $10 off the Smart Case. He told me to just have that person present next time, because not everyone is nice enough to give a discount off someone’s word. Not a lot of savings, but better than nothing!

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    Just some food for thought. In places like Europe and Canada, the government either provides public incentives like free healthcare and education, or extremely subsidized healthcare and education. I know France and Canada have some form of social health insurance and healthcare systems as well as subsidized education systems. And for the governments to do that, they need larger incomes which equates into a large tax percentage intake. As many Americans are aware of, the HMO and private college systems here are expensive, mostly because of the much lower taxes we pay compared to other countries but also because of greed.