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Stores and customers gear up for tax free holiday

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Many people are gearing up to send kids back to school or college, and this weekend will be particularly busy with Iowa's annual tax holiday weekend.

Starting at midnight of Friday morning and running through the night on Saturday, you can come and get a lot of back to school clothes and shoes without paying tax.

In Dubuque, stores like Target are gearing up for a big weekend of sales.

"We're definitely staffing up the sales floor and the front end. We'll be very busy Friday and Saturday," Kelly Sweet said.

Most clothing and shoes priced under $100 qualify for tax exemption during the holiday.

"The basics, kids schoes and back to school will be the three areas that are busiest."

Some interesting things you can save on include diapers, bridal wear, hats and caps, pajamas, costumes, scout uniforms, dance leotards and tights, and winter accessories. Just remember they have to be under $100 per item. It doesn't matter what your total bill is.

There are some things that don't qualify; these things *are taxed Some items include jewelry, watches, wallets, athletic wear specific to a sport (like football pads or ice skates), backpacks, safety shoes, and non-prescription eyewear.

"A lot of people take advantage, especially with the economy being the way it is this year, a lot of people have held off on their back to school supplies and the basics and that. I think it'll definitely show this weekend," Sweet said.

With a lot of stores already doing some back to school sales, those sale prices still apply, so it means you can save even more money.

Many border towns, like Dubuque are expecting especially big crowds from out-of-state shoppers. That's because Iowa and Missouri are the only midwestern states offering a back-to-school tax holiday this year. Missouri's tax free weekend goes through Sunday and includes school supplies and computers.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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