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keith
11-04-2012, 09:56 PM
Ok this one always kinda catches me out since in the UK we have our sales tax in the price advertised where as it's extra in the states.

So, what's the sales tax at the moment in "orlando" ? and knowing its different in different counties? is it the same at the florida mall as the millenia mall?

For small stuff it doesnt matter but if I get carried away, and I usually do, in the apple store, it can make a big difference

Wendy
11-04-2012, 10:13 PM
I think it's 6% and it would be the same in the Florida Mall and Mall at Millenia. It's the states that have the different tax rates.

keith
11-04-2012, 10:20 PM
I think it's 6% and it would be the same in the Florida Mall and Mall at Millenia. It's the states that have the different tax rates.

see 6% is less than I thought it was! and the reason I was pondering the malls is that I thought I once heard that all stars was a different rate to the other hotels because it was in a different area of Florida.

...but I could be misremembering :lol:

so it's 6% at both malls for sure?

Wendy
11-04-2012, 10:33 PM
:yes: the sales tax is 6% but I think they can add a local tax as well but I don't know how much that is :unsure:

keith
11-04-2012, 10:34 PM
:yes: the sales tax is 6% but I think they can add a local tax as well but I don't know how much that is :unsure:

oh right :( cry so there may be another .5 local tax or something. That would make sense
hmm

wonder how I find out

Wendy
11-04-2012, 10:49 PM
I've looked on the web and there is a lot about it.

It says that the Florida sales tax rate is 6% and but local counties can take the maximum FL sales tax after local surtaxes which is 7.5%.

Tink will be able to answer for sure.

Tink
12-04-2012, 12:01 AM
It varies not only from county to county, but from city to village to other types of municipalities. A local government can add tax.

It's a miserable system. Also, items have different tax rates, from some foods that have none, to "luxury items" that have a higher rate. Then there is the bed tax rate, the tourist rate, the airport surcharge (rental cars are more at the airport).

I know I'm not much help, but the Mall at Millenia and the Florida Mall are in the same county, the same city district and should have the same tax rate.

keith
12-04-2012, 12:09 AM
Thanks Tink :) that does help and I think it says that if I want to know, I need to find a receipt or call em :lol:

Even with sales tax, card currency conversion fees etc. I'm still seeing an advantage to apple stuff over there

Wendy
12-04-2012, 12:18 AM
Sooooo whatcha want to buy :D

keith
12-04-2012, 12:21 AM
Sooooo whatcha want to buy :D

I want the not-yet-existant 15inch macbook pro/air. The one that's going to be like a pro but thinner (or like an air but slightly thicker :lol:) we don't know yet!

Macbook pro 15 is what I've used for years, love the screen size. Never use the DVD.

So the macbook air 13" is brilliant. Size/weight, speed wow. BUT I really loved my 15" screen.

I'm REALLY expecting an announcement that they'll either do a 15" air or more likely, a 15" pro without the dvd and in a thinner form although probably not QUITE as sleek as the 13".

With sales tax, credit card and various other things, I reckon it'll still be a good 300 cheaper over there.

Wendy
12-04-2012, 12:49 AM
Oh very nice :D

It's a good saving :yes: and if the exchange rate gets better there will be even more of a saving :D

montymouse
12-04-2012, 03:03 AM
Hi, was at millennia mall yesterday and we paid 6% tax in hollister and abercrombie and fitch.

Good prices!! Cheesecake factory good too!

X:happybounce:

keith
12-04-2012, 03:36 AM
Hi, was at millennia mall yesterday and we paid 6% tax in hollister and abercrombie and fitch.

Good prices!! Cheesecake factory good too!

X:happybounce:

yayayayayaay thanks that's great :) (and totally jealous of you! LOVE cheesecake factory)

Deafjeff
12-04-2012, 05:39 AM
Ooohhhh tempting :yes:

Would that occur further costs back in the UK with the taxes etc?


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keith
12-04-2012, 07:29 AM
Ooohhhh tempting :yes:

Would that occur further costs back in the UK with the taxes etc?



a declaration of a laptop above the personal allowance would, AFAIR, be free of standard duty, but would be liable to standard VAT at 20%

Tink
12-04-2012, 09:18 AM
Seriously? You pay taxes here on the purchase and then have to pay VAT there? And it STILL works out cheaper? Wow. Guess I'll never be able to afford to live in Ireland. :(

Wendy
12-04-2012, 09:51 AM
:yes: that's why it's called Rip Off Britain :( You usually find that things are the same in s here as they are in $s with you :nono:

I'd wait a while intil the Euro crashes completely and Ireland goes back to the punt, things might be cheaper then.

Tink
12-04-2012, 10:03 AM
When we went over they had just changed from the punt to the Euro. Merchandise still had the old tags on it. Things were a mess and very confusing! I just simply handed over the money and if they gave me change, I felt I'd gotten a bargain. LOL.

Things were expensive even then, though. :sigh:

I just want to be on the coast of Bantry Bay in some little windy cottage, tucked up with an Irish Wolfhound and an Aga. :sigh:

Clarkkent
14-04-2012, 08:45 AM
I remember going into some shops and waving my British passport and not having to pay tax on some stuff, being a tourist.... Is this right, or was I dreaming?
could I do it again the Apple store? :worship::happybounce:

Wendy
14-04-2012, 10:57 AM
In some other States we have visited that has been the case, but I don't know if you can do the same in Florida though :unsure: It would be nice if you could :yes:

In one place there was this huge shop called DFS Galleria and everything was tax free if you showed your passport :)

catrancher
14-04-2012, 12:14 PM
As far as I know, there is no exemption from sales tax in Florida for international visitors. And there's no refund. Sales tax is collected by the state and local governments and from what I understand, the only state that will refund sales tax to international visitors is Louisiana.

Tom (:macwave:... no way around it...)