The Next Iowa Tax Free Weekend Begins Soon!

From August 2-3, Iowans won't have to pay sales tax on certain clothing and footwear.
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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.

SEE ALSO: When Is Your State's Tax Free Weekend in 2019?

When Is the Next Iowa Tax Free Weekend?

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.

What Items Qualify for Iowa Tax Free Shopping?

Consumers won't pay sales tax on clothing and footwear items that cost $100 or less. See a more in-depth list here.

During the August sales tax holiday, Iowans won't have to pay tax on certain clothing and footwear.

What Items Aren't Eligible for Iowa Tax Free Status?

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.

More Iowa Tax Holiday Tips

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.

DealNews Contributing Writer

Sean is a freelance writer and photojournalist working in the Hampton Roads region. He has been a writer, adventure motorcyclist, drag racer, data nerd, shade-tree mechanic, and tornado chaser. Recommend good beers to him on Twitter at @wxgeek.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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