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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 apple.buyer@ubookstore.com 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.