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Tax Free Day FAQ

When is Tax Free Day on Apple® Products?

May 23rd, 2019 in The Tech Center (on the upper level of our U District store).

Our Tax Free Day on Apple® Products in-store event lasts from 10am-7pm. There will be cookies, treats, and a chance to win a 32 GB iPad® ($299) and an Apple Pencil™ ($89)!

What Apple® products qualify for Tax Free Day?

  • All notebooks (MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro).
  • All desktops (Mac mini, iMac, Mac Pro) except for iMac Pro.
  • All iPad Pro®s (11", 12.9") and iPad Air.

    I want to buy an iPad mini®, will that be tax free?

    Only iPad Pro and iPad Air products qualify for Tax Free Day on Apple Products.

    Can I use a department PO or ProCards on Tax Free Day on Apple® Products?

    Tax Free Day on Apple® Products is valid only for personal purchases, so no department PO or ProCards sales.

    Can I reserve Apple® products before the event?

    All custom and special orders must be placed prior to 5pm on May 10, 2019.

    Online orders will be accepted through May 17th, 2019.

    In-store hold on stock items will be accepted through 7pm on May 22nd, 2019.

    Call, come in, or contact us at or 206.545.4382 for custom pricing, special order requests, questions about Apple products and financing.

    Please note that all in-store held items, special and custom orders must be paid for in person on May 23rd to qualify for Tax Free Day on Apple products.

    I shopped Tax Free Day, but why does my receipt say I was charged tax?

    For business reasons, University Book Store still charges you tax. In order to make your purchase the equivalent of tax-free, we offer a discount on the academic price of the item so that your total, after tax, comes to the academic price before tax. For example:

    • Let's say you want to buy an Apple® product with an academic price of $299.
    • Normally, after the 10.1% tax rate, the total would be $329.20.
    • We adjust the academic price of this item to $271.57, so that when the 10.1% tax rate is applied, your total comes to $299–the original price before tax!
      • Don't worry, we've done the math for you ahead of time, so all of the prices you see listed on Tax Free Day on Apple® products will be the prices before tax.