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ALBANY, N.Y. — The state Division of Veterans’ Affairs is reminding New Yorkers over the Memorial Day weekend that the flags of the U.S., New York, military branches, military services and prisoners of war are exempt from sales taxes.

Tax authorities say U.S. flags are fully exempt from state and local sales taxes year-round.

That also applies to Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flags.

Military service flags are those that have been approved by the Defense Department, including Blue Star and Gold Star banners put on display by family of military personnel who died in the armed forces or currently serving.

Certain military decorations, including ribbons, medals, and lapel pins, are exempt from sales tax when sold to active military members or veterans.