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More than a dozen states have annual tax free weekends — also known as sales tax holidays. They give you the chance to buy back-to-school essentials sans sales tax, and some states include Energy Star and disaster prep items, too.
Iowa's tax free weekend isn't quite the same as the ones in other states. Read on to see what to expect from the Hawkeye State's tax holiday in 2019.
Iowa has its tax free weekend on a Friday and Saturday, making it an odd state out. In 2019, the sales tax holiday goes from August 2 to August 3. Beware: If you show up for it on Sunday, you'll miss out.
Like many states, Iowa will likely require you to pay tax on sports equipment such as goggles, tap shoes, and baseball gloves, along with safety gear. Additionally, accessories like handbags, watches, and umbrellas don't qualify for the exemption.
Note that Iowa doesn't consider "buy one, get one" pricing when determining whether items are tax exempt. For example, you might consider a BOGO deal on $120 pants to average out to $60 per pair. Iowa doesn't see it that way, and insists you pay tax.