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Save with Back-to-School Tax-Free Weekends and AAFES

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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 is 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 state 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 the School Year

The Army & Air Force Exchange Services announced that Exchange shoppers can take advantage of extra savings during this year’s back-to-school shopping season.

Some Exchanges participate 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, so 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 remember 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 is offered on select dates in different states where certain back-to-school items (and other products) are offered free of state sales tax. Below is a list of participating states, scheduled discount dates, and items available for discount.

List of States with Tax-Free Holidays for Back-to-School

Alabama – July 19-21

Clothing, computers, school supplies, and books.

Arkansas – Aug 3-4

Clothing and school supplies.

Connecticut – Aug 18-24

Clothing and footwear.

Florida – July 29-Aug 11

Clothing, school supplies, and computers.

Illinois – Sept. 1-7

Reduced rate for tools

Iowa – Aug 2-3

Clothing and shoes

Maryland – Aug 11-17

Clothing, footwear, and backpacks.

Massachusetts – Aug 10-11

All “personal use” retail items

Mississippi – Jul 12-14

Clothing and footwear

Missouri – Aug 2- Aug. 4

Clothing, computers, computer equipment, and school supplies.

Nevada Oct. 25-27

Tax-free purchases for all National Guard members.

        New Jersey Aug. 24-Sept.2

School supplies, computers

New Mexico – Aug 4-6

Clothing, computers, computer equipment, and school supplies.

Ohio – Aug 2-4

Clothing and school supplies.

Oklahoma – Aug 2-4


South Carolina – Aug 2-4

Clothing, school supplies, computers, and others.

Tennessee – July 26-28

Clothing, school supplies, and computers.

Texas – May 25-27

Clothing, backpacks, and school supplies.

Virginia – Aug. 2-4

Clothing, school supplies, energy star products, hurricane preparedness items, and generators.

West Virginia Aug 2-5

Clothing, school supplies, sports equipment, computers, and tablets.

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 for more information.

AAFES Back-to-School Tax-Free Weekend Offer Additional Savings

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%.





About the author

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.