9 Replies Latest reply: Sep 29, 2007 5:20 AM by corn1971
Mk Smith Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
Okay, this is a legitimate question.

Does iTunes charge sales tax on music purchases...including Ringtones? I am being charged, consistenly with five songs, more than 99 cents! but it's not the quality price of $1.29, either. Wassup with that????


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  • 1. Re: Tax or ripoff on iTunes Store purchases?
    StarDeb55 Level 6 Level 6 (19,685 points)
    If you're geographical location requires sales tax be charged on purchases, then, yes, you will be charged sales tax. The $.99 songs for my location in Arizona end up being $1.06, I believe, with the tax.
  • 2. Re: Tax or ripoff on iTunes Store purchases?
    Mk Smith Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Thanks. I went and checked my account and it is obvious I am being charged something akin to tax, too. Isn't there a federal law prohiting sales tax on net sales. You have to have physical store presence to be charged sales tax. iTunes should not be considered a physical store, even if it is owned by Apple. When did this change - because earlier this year with purchases I don't believe I was charged sales tax. I remember seeing my balance consistent with the 99cent deal.

    Someone please explain how - or why - Apple is suddenly doin this without informing the purchaser of the cost of purchase!?!?!

    Have a supercalifragilisticexpialidotious day
  • 3. Re: Tax or ripoff on iTunes Store purchases?
    Paul Judd Level 6 Level 6 (13,420 points)
    Mk Smith wrote:
    Isn't there a federal law prohiting sales tax on net sale


    No There is no such law. Sales tax is done on a state by state basis.

    SALES TAX
    iTunes Store purchases will include sales tax based on the bill-to address and the sales tax rate in effect at the time your purchase is completed. If the sales tax rate for the billing address changes before the purchased digital content is downloaded, the new tax rate in effect at the time of download will apply. We will only charge tax in states where digital goods are taxable. No customers are eligible for tax exemptions for purchases made on the iTunes Store.


    http://www.apple.com/legal/itunes/us/sales.html
  • 4. Re: Tax or ripoff on iTunes Store purchases?
    Mk Smith Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    http://www.newrules.org/retail/inttax2.html

    http://government.zdnet.com/?p=3222

    http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1866715,00.asp

    Something stinks, here.

    Stating 'what' Apple does, is not an answer to its legality!

    Still...not...answered...

    ...because...I wasn't being charged in the past!

    Talk about "betrayed." Apple = Democrat = GREED!

    My you have an interesting day!
  • 5. Re: Tax or ripoff on iTunes Store purchases?
    StarDeb55 Level 6 Level 6 (19,685 points)
    You probably ought to double check as I have used the store for over 3 years & have always been charged tax on any purchase.
  • 6. Re: Tax or ripoff on iTunes Store purchases?
    J.K. ROFLing Level 4 Level 4 (1,220 points)
    Mk, I am also in Texas and am also charged taxes on iTunes Store and Apple Store Online purchases. The basic rule of thumb is that if a company has a "brick & mortar" store in Texas, they have to charge sales tax on on-line purchases. Apple isn't the only one that has to do this, Barnes & Noble, Performance Bicycle are a couple of others that I have dealt with in the same situation.

    As far as your questions being deleted. I haven't seen your other posts, but if they continue in the same vein as your first sentence here, it doesn't surprise me much. A word of advice...ask your question without the attitude and follow the TOU and you will get your questions answered and not deleted.
  • 7. Re: Tax or ripoff on iTunes Store purchases?
    Mike Johnson12 Level 5 Level 5 (6,365 points)
    Obviously you have 'attitude' towards Apple and it always their fault. Apple employees rarely answer posts in the Discussion Groups.

    No one is censoring you except - You. There are Terms and Conditions that were agreed to prior to using the Apple Discussion Groups. It is your fellow users that usually do the policing and reporting of what they may feel is a inappropriate use of the Discussion Groups and violations of the Terms of Service.

    That said - I have always been charged sales tax on all iTS purchases. My e-receipt of the transaction always show the 'tax' amount. It is a tax rule applied differently state to state. One state that I know of with no sales tax is Oregon. If you have an Oregon address then I suppose that you could get out of being taxed. There are web stores that sell from Oregon and don't charge sales tax as they are not required to do so. Give them a try if the sales tax is such a problem.

    At the end of the day - it is not your questions that may be offensive - rather the manner in which they are presented by you.

    MJ
  • 8. Re: Tax or ripoff on iTunes Store purchases?
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,885 points)
    http://www.apple.com/legal/

    *Talk about "betrayed." Apple = Democrat = GREED!*
    Apple collects taxes on purchase & you think they keep it & not report it as taxe income to the state?
  • 9. Re: Tax or ripoff on iTunes Store purchases?
    corn1971 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    In the days before internet, mail order catalogs purchases were also often taxed depending on the states rules. Usually if a business does have a physical presence (Apple store) in a state then they charge the sales tax. Some states require a sales tax regardless of their being a physical presence in a state. A a few states access no sales tax.