Apple has today made a rather inconspicuous, but valuable, update to the Apple online retail store and has posted a new page giving guidance on how to purchase a new Mac or iPad and avoid the sales tax during the August Sales Tax holiday period. As they have done in past years, the new page, as well as the small link on the the online retail store, can be found here and details the states that are eligible to receive tax free discounts.
The tax holiday applies to the following states and times; Alabama (August 3 to August 5), Georgia (August 10 and 11), Louisiana (August 3 & 4), Massachusetts (August 11 and 12), Missouri (August 3 to August 5), New Mexico (August 3 to August 5), North Carolina (August 3 to August 5), South Carolina (August 3 to August 5) and Tennessee (August 3 to August 5). If you live in these states and are looking to buy some Apple equipment, then these are the dates that the tax holiday is available.
The site also gives details on the restrictions placed on each purchase. Customers have to be aware that different states have different purchase limits. For example, in Georgia, where the sales tax holiday period runs from August 10th to August 11th, 2012, the purchase must be less than $1,000 of computer equipment for personal use. However, residents of Missouri are allowed purchases of up to $3,500, and residents of South Carolina have no purchase limit.
According to the site, the sales tax will still appear in the cart following checkout, but consumers will receive the correct amount in their e-mail confirmation.