Iowa’s 11th annual sales tax holiday will begin today, and end at midnight Saturday, August 7th. It does not include Sunday.  All businesses open these days are required to participate.

Iowa enacted its sales tax holiday in 2000, the second state to do so. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia now have similar programs. Despite recent budget woes, legislators chose not to suspend the sales tax holiday.

Iowa’s exemption only applies to clothing or footwear costing less than $100.  However, it does not include items designed primarily for athletic or protective use or accessories such as jewelry, watches, handbags, wallets, or rented items.

For more information, and a list of eligible items, contact the Iowa Department of Revenue at (515) 281-3114, or by visiting their website at:  www.iowa.gov/tax.