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Iowans, retailers prepare for tax-free weekend

Annual holiday kicks off next Friday

July 28, 2013
By LUKE STALZER - Staff Writer (lstalzer@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

Shoppers will be able to save a little more at the checkouts next weekend as Iowa's tax-free weekend gets underway.

For the past 14 years, the state of Iowa has designated the first Friday and Saturday of August as tax-free for clothing and shoes.

Cherie Wacha, human resources manager at the Marshalltown Younkers store, said her store is preparing for the weekend, which proves to be a busy one for retailers.

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Many area retailers are getting ready for Iowa’s annual tax-free weekend coming next weekend by offering more savings than the 7 percent sales tax. Here, Mindy Schrenck, an employee with the Marshalltown Younkers, arranges clothes on one of the store’s many “yellow dot” clearance racks.

"We've got plenty of employees to help [customers] do their shopping," Wacha said.

Wacha said the store has also received a lot of its fall merchandise just in time for back-to-school shoppers and will offer several other savings.

"There will be different coupons out for savings on top of it," Wacha said. "We just clearanced some of the summer wear too."

According to the Iowa Department of Revenue, most clothing and footwear items under $100 are tax exempt. Any item over $100 will be taxed.

State Rep. Dean Fisher, R-Garwin, said the tax-free weekend is a great way for families to save on back-to-school purchases.

"It's great because a lot of families save money on their purchases and 7 percent is a decent amount," Fisher said.

Fisher also said the weekend helps keep people shopping locally and spending their money in Iowa.

"It helps encourage people making their purchase here instead of traveling out of state or going online," he said.

A full list of taxable and tax-exempt items, as well as information regarding coupons and other discounts, is available at www.iowa.gov/tax/educate/holiday1.html.

Wacha said she is ready for whatever the busy weekend brings her and her staff.

"We're prepared and ready to go," she said.

 
 

 

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