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Holiday time for shoppers

Friday and Saturday bring return of sales tax holiday

August 3, 2012
Anne Blankenship ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

Friday and Saturday mark the 13th annual Iowa Sales Tax Holiday, meaning that local families can save on all of those back-to-school clothing purchases.

Coincidentally, the sales tax holiday falls on the same weekend as Crazy Day in Webster City, promising more bargains at local retailers. Crazy Day sales will be going on Saturday throughout the day.

This year, the holiday hours are from 12:01 a.m., Friday, through midnight, Saturday. During those times, no sales tax, including local option sales taxes, will be charged on certain items - specifically clothing and footwear with a selling price of less than $100, according to the Iowa Department of Revenue website. The exemption applies to every item priced under $100 and not the collective total of items.

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Clothing is defined as any article of wearing apparel and typical footwear. It does not include watches, jewelery, umbrellas, sporting equipment or any special clothing or footwear designed primarily for athletic activity or protective use.

A few of the items exempt from sales tax are blouses, shirts, pants, jeans, skirts, dresses, socks, hosiery, coats, jackets, gym clothes, shoes without cleats and sweaters or sweat shirts. Items that remain taxable during the sales tax holiday include handbags and purses, duffle bags, backpacks, briefcases, sports uniforms, pads, helmets, wallets, billfolds and sunglasses.

For a complete list of exempt items, visit,



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