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BREAKING NEWS

Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Aug 6, 2009

While it seems like Americans are always paying taxes, this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7-8, Iowans get a break for the state sales tax. It’s called the “Sales Tax Holiday” and it arrives once a year, the first Friday and Saturday of August.

The sales tax exemption is for select clothing and footwear, mostly for parents looking for back-to-school items for children-but anyone can take advantage.

According to the Iowa Department of Revenue Web site, ‘clothing’ is defined as any article of wearing apparel and typical footwear intended to be worn on or about the human body.

It does not include 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.

The Web site also gives examples of what rules apply when returning an item purchased during the sales tax holiday.

More details can be found at http://www.iowa.gov/tax/educate/holiday1.html.

So take advantage of purchasing those necessary items this weekend and for once not giving the government its cut.