11 Tax Free Weekends In Military States For Back To School Shopping

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Tax-free weekends have already started in some places. The Retail Salute crew loves military discounts and finding ways to keep money in your pockets, and there is nothing like scoring a good deal and then having dreaded tax added on to the price.

Even though Summer is still here, back to school is right around the corner! We’re sure you’ll want to prepare soon, so we wanted to give you the low down on upcoming “Tax-Free Weekends” that are coming up in (or near) several states with heavily populated military bases.

Florida- 20+ military installations

Tax Free Dates– August 3rd-August 5th

Details– This deal applies to:

  • Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item
  • Certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item

Iowa- 3 military installations

Tax Free Dates: August 3rd & August 4th


  • Exemption period: from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, through midnight on Saturday.
  • No sales tax, including local option sales tax, will be collected on sales of an article of clothing or footwear having a selling price less than $100.00.
  • The exemption does not apply in any way to the price of an item selling for $100.00 or more
  • The exemption applies to each article priced under $100.00 regardless of how many items are sold on the same invoice to a customer

Maryland- 11 military installations

Tax Free Dates- August 12th-August 18th


  • Qualifying apparel and footwear $100 or less, per item, are exempt from the state sales tax.
  • This year, the first $40 of a backpack or bookbag purchase is also tax-free.
  • Accessory items, except for backpacks, are not included.

Mississippi- 7 military installations

Tax Free Dates-July 27th & July 28th


  • Clothing or footwear with a sales price of under $100 per item are not taxable;
  • excludes accessories.

Missouri- 3 military installations

Tax Free Dates- August 3rd-August 5th


  • Clothing and Footwear, but not including accessories like watches and handbags.
  • Computers, computer accessories and most computer software.
  • School supplies, such as computer software, backpacks, art supplies, notebooks, calculators and other similar items.

New Mexico- 5 military installations

Tax Free Dates: August 3rd-5th


  • To qualify for the deduction, clothing or shoes must be priced at less than $100 per unit.
  • Various spending limits apply on all eligible items, and every category includes items that are excluded by state
  • The price limit for desktop, laptop, tablets or notebook computers is $1,000, and for related computer hardware it is $500.

Oklahoma- 7 military installations

Tax Free Dates: August 3rd-5th


  • Clothing and footwear only under $100, but not on accessories.

South Carolina- 8 military installations

Tax Free Dates- August 3rd-5th


  • Technology items, computers, printers, computer software, printer supplies
  • Clothing, footwear, school uniforms, sports uniforms
  • Basic school supplies including notebooks, backpacks, calculators, planners, and more.

Tennessee- 4 military installations

Tax Free Dates- July 27th-29th

  • Clothing: $100 or Less
  • School Supplies and School Art Supplies: $100 or Less
  • Computers: $1,500 or Less

Texas- 21 military installations

Tax Free Dates- August 10th-12th


  • The Texas law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and use taxes.
  • The sales tax exemption for Texas also includes items sold online, or by telephone or mail. Shoppers can use layaway plans to get the tax break.

Virginia- 30 military installations

Tax Free Dates- August 3rd-5th


  • During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax
  • Qualified school supplies – $20 or less per item
  • Qualified clothing and footwear – $100 or less per item
  • Hurricane and emergency preparedness products: Portable generators – $1,000 or less per item
    Gas-powered chainsaws – $350 or less per item Chainsaw accessories – $60 or less per item
    Other specified hurricane preparedness items – $60 or less per item

Additionally, AAFES (the PX) will match local sales tax deals in that state. Since the PX doesn’t charge tax anyway this will essentially offer an additional discount on products you purchase there.



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