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If you're a resident of one of the 10 states that will host tax holidays early next month, Apple wants you to know it's rooting for you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to buy its products. It's win-win for Apple, after all; it gets the business, and it doesn't have to pay a fee itself. As reported by AppleInsider, it's even gone for far as to automatically deduct the relevant taxes when you buy a product through Apple's online store.
Unfortunately for the rest of us, the tax holidays only occur in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Alabama, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, and North and South Carolina will come first, with their tax holidays beginning on August 2 and running through August 4. Tennessee's is slightly longer starting on August 2 and ending on August 5. Meanwhile, Georgia doesn't have its holiday until August 8 and 9, while Massachusetts makes its residents wait all the way until August 10 and 11.
The bad news is that some big purchases will exceed the limits a handful of the states impose on the holiday. Alabama has it particularly rough, with qualifying purchases having a limit of $750. Things are a little better in Georgia, where the limit climbs to $1,000; and in Louisiana, where it's high as $2,500. Meanwhile, New Mexico only includes computers in the holiday if they don't exceed $1,000 in price, and South Carolina stipulates that all exempt computers must be bought for personal use only.
If you do qualify (i.e., you're a resident of one of the states in question), don't be surprised if it doesn't look as though the exemption's being counted at first. In Apple's words, "When you buy from the Apple Online Store, sales tax will appear in your cart and during the checkout process. The correct no-tax amount will appear when you receive your email order confirmation."
Call me cynical, but you can almost bet that Apple will be hearing complaints with a setup like that. Just to be on the safe side, you can read the full rules and regulations for each state here.
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