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Veterans save $3.4 million in sales tax during first year of AAFES online shopping
Standard ^ | 12/07/18

Posted on 12/08/2018 1:34:23 PM PST by Libloather

Dallas — Since the Army & Air Force Exchange Service welcomed home all honorably discharged Veterans to ShopMyExchange.com one year ago, more than 62,000 Veterans have used their new benefit to save on low-cost, name-brand merchandise while also saving nearly $3.4 million in sales tax.

“In its first year, the Veterans online shopping benefit has brought significant savings to all whoraised their right hand and vowed to defend our Nation,” said Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull, a Vietnam-era Army Veteran who worked to secure the change in Department of Defense policy to give all honorably discharged Veterans shopping privileges at military exchanges online. “This benefit acknowledges sacrifices and makes a real difference to them and their families.”

Since Veterans Day 2017, Veterans have been eligible to shop their military exchanges online tax-free for life. Veterans have placed more than 200,000 tax-free orders at ShopMyExchange.com, which offers more than 2 million items—including name brands—with military-exclusive pricing.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aafes; online; shopping; veterans
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Just heard about while watching the Army-Navy game.
1 posted on 12/08/2018 1:34:23 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Thanks for this. I’ve never heard of it.


2 posted on 12/08/2018 1:39:59 PM PST by Baynative ("A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams." - John Barrymore)
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To: Baynative

Just saw a promo for it during the Army-Navy Game


3 posted on 12/08/2018 1:41:07 PM PST by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: Baynative

Actually you only don’t pay it at time of purchase. In my state (Kentucky) the income tax forms has a place for “usage tax” that is supposed to be declared for on line purchases or out of state purchases where sales tax was not collected.


4 posted on 12/08/2018 1:49:01 PM PST by damper99 (pu)
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To: Libloather

I did some of my Christmas shopping there last year. Saved a fortune.


5 posted on 12/08/2018 1:49:01 PM PST by BykrBayb (Lung cancer free since 11/9/07. Colon cancer free since 7/7/15. Obama free since 1/20/17. PTL ~ Þ)
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To: Libloather

Wow. Now you don’t even have to take a foreign spouse back to the land of the big BX. She can do it online.


6 posted on 12/08/2018 1:50:43 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: Libloather

their on line form for verification of being a veteran doesn’t work


7 posted on 12/08/2018 1:51:37 PM PST by dila813 (Voting for Trump to Punish Trumpets!)
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I tried to enroll last year. They couldn’t find my service number, then wanted me to jump through all sorts of hoops. F ‘em.


8 posted on 12/08/2018 1:54:27 PM PST by sparklite2 (See more at Sparklite Times)
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To: damper99

Military sales are exempt from state sales & use tax.


9 posted on 12/08/2018 2:03:52 PM PST by BykrBayb (Lung cancer free since 11/9/07. Colon cancer free since 7/7/15. Obama free since 1/20/17. PTL ~ Þ)
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To: Libloather

One more benefit of serving to retirement degraded. Now anyone who has served can have this benefit for life. And watch, states will use this “tax free” benefit of veterans to pressure DOD (or the non-veteran Congress) to do away with AAFES.


10 posted on 12/08/2018 2:05:41 PM PST by falcon99
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If it is anything like our Navy Exchange the cheapest items are shoe polish and shoe laces. $200 Vera Wang Wallets, even more expensive purses, Polo, Dockers, Baby car seats over $300. THINK MACY’s, or other high end price places. Only thing you save is Sales Tax. Unless you can find it on the Mark down racks with a scratch off card. Does not include booze of Cigs. A 24 pack of Milwaukee Best Light is about $14. Strong stuff like Jack is $30 or more. Even snacks are more expensive than Commissary.


11 posted on 12/08/2018 2:05:50 PM PST by GailA (Wife of RET. SCPO, GET OVER IT, DONALD TRUMP IS PRESIDENT!)
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To: dila813; sparklite2
Could not find either, want a scan of my DD214 or discharge submitted on another site.

Do not trust all that info they want just because their online verifcation does not work. Might have something to do with having a unique serial number, rather than using the SS # like some services did back then?

12 posted on 12/08/2018 2:08:33 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: damper99
This is an act of CONgress form about 1885 that is a federal tax savings. I would hope that Kentucky would not try to delete this federal benefit.
13 posted on 12/08/2018 2:11:29 PM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Libloather

Good deal. They deserve that and so much more.


14 posted on 12/08/2018 2:11:47 PM PST by Robert DeLong
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To: Libloather

Four years USAF, Honorable Discharge...the site doesn’t know me...screw’em.


15 posted on 12/08/2018 2:14:40 PM PST by FrankR (Make America Great Again, and Keep It That Way.)
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To: dila813

>their on line form for verification of being a veteran doesn’t work

Worked for me no problem. Never bought anything though, I didn’t find the prices that competitive on things I was looking for even without the tax


16 posted on 12/08/2018 2:15:24 PM PST by nevadapatriot
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To: dila813

I just ran into that. I’m digging out my DD214 to photograph along with my VA card ...next comes the phone call.


17 posted on 12/08/2018 2:19:59 PM PST by Baynative ("A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams." - John Barrymore)
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To: GailA

That’s my problem with exchanges, I guess the prices are cheaper but everything they sell is so top end I still can’t afford it.


18 posted on 12/08/2018 2:28:21 PM PST by suthener
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To: Baynative

I think it is the html code, it keeps changing what I submitted to the form to information other than I entered.


19 posted on 12/08/2018 2:34:46 PM PST by dila813 (Voting for Trump to Punish Trumpets!)
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To: falcon99

“One more benefit of serving to retirement degraded.”

Oh cry me a river.

Retirees (who make up roughly 2% of all veterans) still get better perks than the vast majority who have honorably served.


20 posted on 12/08/2018 3:26:10 PM PST by 2CAVTrooper (Democrats... BETRAYING America since 1828.)
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