Is an iPad exempt? – Tax Free Weekend

Is an iPad exempt from tax free weekend?

If you’re wondering whether or not an iPad is exempt or an exception to sales tax during the tax holiday, it may depend on what state you live in.

In North Carolina:

3. Computers, including tablet computers and netbooks, with a sales price of three thousand five hundred dollars ($3,500) or less per item.

A “computer” is an electronic device that accepts information in digital or similar form and manipulates it for a result based on a sequence of instructions. For purposes of the exemption during the sales tax holiday, a computer includes a central processing unit, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers since these items are deemed to be necessary in the operation of the computer.

The separate sale of a monitor, keyboard, mouse, or speakers is subject to the applicable tax when the item is not sold in conjunction with a central processing unit. Peripherals are not considered part of a computer and are subject to the applicable tax notwithstanding that they may be sold with the computer as a package. Peripherals must be separately stated on the invoice and the appropriate tax charged on those items.

An eReader, is not a computer and is, therefore, taxable.

So, in this case, an iPad does not in fact qualify for tax-free status.

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