Skip to comments.Veterans save $3.4 million in sales tax during first year of AAFES online shopping
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 itemsincluding name brandswith military-exclusive pricing.
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Thanks for this. I’ve never heard of it.
Just saw a promo for it during the Army-Navy Game
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.
I did some of my Christmas shopping there last year. Saved a fortune.
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.
their on line form for verification of being a veteran doesn’t work
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.
Military sales are exempt from state sales & use tax.
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.
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.
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?
Good deal. They deserve that and so much more.
Four years USAF, Honorable Discharge...the site doesn’t know me...screw’em.
>their on line form for verification of being a veteran doesnt 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
I just ran into that. I’m digging out my DD214 to photograph along with my VA card ...next comes the phone call.
Thats my problem with exchanges, I guess the prices are cheaper but everything they sell is so top end I still cant afford it.
I think it is the html code, it keeps changing what I submitted to the form to information other than I entered.
“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.
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