Statewide Iowa — Anyone who needs to do back-to-school shopping for clothing and shoes will save money if they go this Friday or Saturday (August 5-6, 2016), thanks to Iowa’s annual Sales Tax Holiday. Victoria Daniels, Public Information Officer for the Iowa Department of Revenue, explains how the annual tax holiday — an exemption written into Iowa code — works. She says the legislature put the program into place in the year 2000.
She says there are a few stipulations about buying items free from taxes during the two-day event.
She offers a few examples of items in the gray area that may confuse shoppers.
Incidentally, although the Sales Tax Holiday is timed to coincide with back-to-school shopping, school supplies are not included, and are TAXABLE, as usual. She also says that despite the timing with back-to-school, the sales tax holiday is for ALL clothing and shoes, not just those for kids, so it might be a good time to get yourself a new outfit as well.