If you’re looking to save money on those back-to-school purchases it pays to shop in Iowa this weekend during the state’s annual “sales tax-free holiday.”
Save an extra seven percent on most clothing, sleepwear, shoes, diapers and bibs Friday and Saturday, though that doesn't apply to all items, only on purchases of less than $100. If you have coupons, the total price still has to be less than $100 before those are added.
Uniforms, diaper bags, accessories like watches and handbags and all sports-specific clothing such as helmets, pads or cleats are not tax exempt.
Employees at Sideline Sports and Tees at Mall of the Bluffs are getting ready, offering extra deals and sales to draw in more customers. It knows kids just wear jerseys to school and not to practice so it won't tax those. If a customer wants a school name or logo on them it will be taxed.
Sales clerk Jodi Jensen said giving those breaks is a benefit to being a local company. "She can make that decision herself based on our customers whereas a corporate store, they would have a list of items and jerseys would be on there so you wouldn't have that flexibility because this is how it's supposed to be and you can't make that decision."
Parents are also ready to take advantage of the exemption. “I think it provides a good weekend for families to go out and spend some time together and do the shopping and stock up for the year and make sure that the kids have all the supplies that they need at school,” said Katie McGruder.