10 States to Buy Apple Products with Zero Sales Tax

blue apple building modernThere are ten different states with sales tax holidays in August, and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is promoting the sale of its qualifying products through its Apple Online Store and brick-and-mortar retail locations. A new promotional page on Apple’s website offers details on the various states’ tax holiday periods. Of course there are states that never charge sales tax — such as Oregon — but if you live in one of the following ten states, you may want to take advantage of these tax holidays and save yourself some money on your next Apple product purchase.

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee all have tax holiday periods in August. Although the various states have different item and cost restrictions, all of them require that the purchases be made only by individuals for personal use — sorry, businesses!

Here is a quick rundown of the 10 states where you can make your next Apple purchase with no state sales tax.


1. Alabama

The Heart of Dixie is holding its tax holiday period this weekend, from August 2 to August 4. Qualifying items that you can get at the Apple Store include computers, computer accessories, non-recreational software, and various types of computer supplies for school. However, the total cost of your purchased items cannot exceed $750 in order to qualify for the tax exemption. You may also be liable for any local taxes that apply.

2. Florida

Like Alabama, the Sunshine State is celebrating a weekend tax holiday from August 2 to August 4. During this period, customers can purchase Apple computers, computer accessories, and non-recreational software. However, Florida also puts a limit on the price of each individual item. Each individual item that is purchased cannot exceed $750 in order to qualify for the tax exemption.

new macbook air3. Georgia

Georgia’s tax holiday kicks off next weekend on August 9 and August 10. Georgia’s total sale price limit is $1000. Qualifying Apple products include computers and many computer accessories.

4. Louisiana

Louisiana’s tax holiday period takes place August 2 and August 3. Although customers’ purchases are exempt from the state’s 4 percent sales tax, they may still be liable for any local taxes that apply. However, any tangible items with a sale price up to $2500 qualify for the sales tax exemption.

macbook pro retina5. Massachusetts

Massachusetts celebrates its sales tax holiday on August 10 and August 11. Anything that doesn’t exceed the $2500 cost threshold qualifies for the Massachusetts sales tax exemption.

6. Missouri

Missouri gives its residents a full three-day weekend to make their tax-free purchases. Its tax holiday period is from August 2 through August 4. Computers and certain computer-related accessories that fall below the $3500 cost limit qualify for the tax exemption. Tax-free software purchases are limited to items that cost $350 or less.

iPad Mini 2012 Apple7. New Mexico

New Mexico also gives its residents a full tax holiday weekend from August 2 to August 4. However, New Mexico has a $1000 cost limit on computers, while related accessories are limited to items that cost no more than $500.

8. North Carolina

The Tar Heel State runs its tax holiday period from August 2 to August 4. Tax-exempt items include computers and qualifying accessories that are purchased with the computer. Computers and accessories have a cost threshold of $3500. Computer supplies that do not cost more than $250 also qualify for the tax exemption. North Carolina also sells school instructional materials that do not cost more than $300 as tax-free items during its tax holiday.

new mac pro9. South Carolina

Like its northern neighbor, South Carolina gives its residents a tax-free holiday from August 2 to August 4. Computers, computer peripherals, software, and various other computer accessories qualify for South Carolina’s tax exemption. Apple notes on its website that customers in South Carolina can also purchase AppleCare tax-free if they buy it with a computer.

10. Tennessee

The Volunteer State runs its tax-free holiday period from August 2 to August 4. Tennessee extends its tax-exemption to computers and computer accessories purchased with the computer. However, Tennessee has a total sale price limit of $1500 and will still charge tax for any computer accessories that are not purchased with a computer. Happy shopping!

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