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Shoppers head out for Sales Tax Holiday: what qualifies, what doesn't

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Lori Burr always heads out shopping during Iowa's annual Sales Tax Holiday. This year, the holiday is Aug. 1 and 2.

"I have two children, so (I'll) try to get them outfitted for everything that we can and use the advantage of the weekend," said Burr, who lives in Marion.

There's no sales tax on clothes or shoes under $100, which sounds simple, but there's a lot of exceptions:

- Gym shoes qualify but not shoes with spikes or cleats
- Regular belts qualify, but if you were to buy the belt and the buckle separately -- that's a no.
- Many accessories, no, but veils -- yes!

The sales tax rate in Iowa ranges from 6 to 7 percent, so if you spend $100, that's $6 to $7 you won't pay in tax.

Some shoppers say that's not really enough to have them shop 'til they drop.

"I really haven't in the past, no," said Carolynn Jeffrey, who lives in Washington. 

Others say any small savings helps out the family's budget.
"Every little bit counts, especially now with the economy," said James Jackson, who lives in Cedar Rapids.

To see the list of what does and doesn't qualify, click here: http://www.iowa.gov/tax/educate/STHList.pdf

For more information about Iowa's Sales Tax Holiday, click here: http://www.iowa.gov/tax/educate/holiday1.html
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