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.