Save With Back-To-School Tax-Free Weekends and AAFES
Lori Waddell and Julie Provost
Back-To-School season is here. Depending on where you live or if you shop at AAFES, there are additional ways to save. Timing your shopping to the Back-to-School Tax-Free Weekends are a great way to save even more money!
States With Back-To-School Tax-Free Weekends
During these tax-free weekends, you can shop for items such as clothing, shoes, and school supplies tax-free. Each of the states has different dates and might have slightly different rules for what qualifies. Additionally, all AAFES customers can save, too, during this time.
Exchange Offering Extra Savings for 2020-2021 School Year
The Army & Air Force Exchange Services announced that during this year’s back-to-school shopping season, Exchange shoppers will be able to take advantage of extra savings.
Some Exchanges are participating in the sales-tax holiday by offering discounts on eligible back-to-school items. The discount will be equal to the local sales tax rate in the area of the participating Exchange.
Currently when shopping at the Exchange military members and their dependents do not pay sales tax, that is why they have chosen to use this opportunity to offer an extra discount based on local sales tax rates.
This added discount will be a welcomed opportunity to save money on school supplies. It is important to keep in mind that this discount is only being offered in stores and not online.
States With Tax-Free Holidays for Back-to-School
The sales-tax holiday discount consists of select dates in different states where certain back-to-school items will be tax-free. The items include clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks. Computers and electronic devices are available in some states during the tax-free holiday.
16 states have decided to participate in the tax-free holiday this year. Below is a list of participating states, scheduled discount dates, and items available for discount. Only Exchanges in the 16 states will be participating in the tax-free holiday by offering discounts on back-to-school items. Exchanges will only be offering discounts on back-to-school items listed below and in the state in which they reside.
List of States With Tax-Free Holidays for Back-to-School
Alabama – Jul 17-19
Clothing, computers, school supplies, and books.
Arkansas – Aug 1-2
Clothing and school supplies.
Connecticut – Aug 16-22
Clothing and footwear.
Florida – Aug 7-9
Clothing, school supplies, and computers.
Iowa – Aug 7-8
Maryland – Aug 9-15
Clothing and footwear
Massachusetts – Aug 29-30
Mississippi – Jul 31 – Aug 1
Clothing and footwear
Mississippi – Sep 4-6
Firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies.
Missouri – Aug 7-9
Clothing, computers, and school supplies.
New Mexico – Aug 7-9
Clothing, computers, computer equipment, and school supplies
Ohio – Aug 7-9
Clothing, and school supplies
Oklahoma – Aug 7-9
South Carolina – Aug 7-9
Clothing, school supplies, computers, and other
Tennessee – Aug 7-9
Texas – Aug 7-9
Clothing, backpacks, and school supplies.
Virginia – Aug 7-9
Clothing, school supplies, energy star products, hurricane preparedness items, and generators.
It is important to double-check with your local Exchange to verify items that will be available for a discount, the date of the discount, and the discount rate. You can check the state list here for more information.
You can find more info on your state’s tax-free weekend here.
At AAFES, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, you can shop tax-free every day. During tax-free weekends they are offering an additional percentage off. This percentage is equal to your state’s tax rate.
For example, in Florida the sales tax rate is 6%. You would save 6% regularly at your local AAFES. During the AAFES tax-free weekend you would save an additional 6%.
Lori Waddell serves as Co-director of an emergency response COAD in Montana, a freelance writer, and an Air Force Key Spouse. She is passionate about empowering communities and individuals through knowledge and resources. She currently lives in Montana with her husband and two children.