Military Shoppers Can Double their Savings at the Exchange during Back-to-School Sales Tax Holidays

tax holidayDALLAS – As families are making their back-to-school shopping lists and looking for ways to save, many states will be offering sales tax holidays. But since every day is a sales tax holiday at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, military shoppers will enjoy a double bonus during their state’s tax holiday.

Exchanges will offer a discount equal to the local sales tax rate on back-to-school items during states’ tax holidays. Shoppers in states with a sales tax rate of 6%, for example, will receive 6% off their eligible Exchange purchases, in addition to not paying any sales tax.

Seventeen states are offering a sales tax holiday. Eligible back-to-school items vary by state and may include school supplies, backpacks, clothing, footwear and computers.

“The Exchange’s tax holiday bonus savings lets military families enjoy the excitement of preparing for a new school year without the stress of breaking the budget,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Osby, the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor.

The tax holidays begin July 15-17 in Alabama and end Aug. 21-27 in Connecticut. Shoppers can check for their state’s participation, dates and eligible items at Exchange discounts are valid in stores only.

It matters where the military community shops. 100% of Exchange earnings are re-invested in the military community, including through support for on-installation Quality-of-Life programs. In the last 10 years, the Exchange has contributed $3.5 billion to these critical programs.

Social-media-friendly version: Military shoppers looking to save on back-to-school shopping can enjoy a double-discount during their states’ sales-tax holidays. Exchange stores in 17 states will offer additional savings equal to the local tax rate on eligible items. Read more:

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Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen, Guardians and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 54th-largest retailer in the United States. 100% of Exchange earnings support military communities. In the last 10 years, your Exchange benefit has provided $3.5 billion in earnings for critical military Quality-of-Life programs. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. The Exchange is a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, planning and conducting events and activities that recognize the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families in conjunction with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at or follow us on Twitter at


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