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BREAKING NEWS

Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jul 29, 2008

Perhaps time is passing you by because:

n It’s summer and there’s no schedule to follow.

n There was so much excitement and entertainment at the Emmet County Fair and days leading up to the event with the planning projects and caring for animals.

n The anticipation for this weekend’s Sweet Corn Days is overwhelming and there’s no room for any other notions.

n The dog days of summer have been a source of exhaustion and good reason to assume a horizontal position in air-conditioning.

If any of the above doesn’t affect you, then sit up and take notice because the Iowa Sales Tax Holiday is upon us-and that means there is no sales tax on articles of clothing and footwear on Friday, Aug. 1 and Saturday, Aug. 2.

It doesn’t matter what store you walk in to purchase clothes or footwear. All stores established on Iowa soil must participate.

There is a catch, though. To get the tax exemption, the price tag on the item being purchased cannot exceed $100. If it does cost more than that, the tax is applicable.

The Iowa Department of Revenue has a list for items that are not included for the tax exemption, including: “watches, watchbands, jewelry, umbrellas, handkerchiefs, sporting equipment, skis, swim fins, roller blades, skates and any special clothing or footwear designed primarily for athletic activity or protective use and not usually considered appropriate for everyday wear.”

Iowa officials established the sales tax holiday several years ago as a way to help families shopping prior to the start of the school year. It is also a way to keep Iowa earned dollars spent on clothes and shoes within the borders of the state.

For more information, go to: www.iowa.gov/tax/educate/holiday1.html

Thank you State of Iowa! In this day and age with a touchy economy, every little bit helps.