MASON CITY, Iowa – Let the shopping begin, as Iowa retailers kick-off the weekend of tax-free shopping.
During the two-day period, retailers are waiving sales tax on most clothing and shoes priced below $100.
Everything from the big box stores, all the way down to local retailers are taking part.
Lawmakers passed the tax holiday back in 1999 to give families an advantage in shopping local for back-to-school.
Now local store managers say it’s been a great advantage to help pick up business.
“We see a lot of higher traffic this weekend and we see a lot of mothers and daughters when the family comes out. I would really say it’s the kick-off to back-to-school. July is a softer month and so we’re geared up for what’s to come,” said Maurices Store Manager, Shara O’Connell.
Items such as accessories, sporting equipment or footwear designed primarily for athletic activity are excluded.
“The in-store promos are fantastic. Almost everything in the stores, anywhere you go, most of the stuff is on sale. We have jeans and tops, buy one, get one half-off right now and we got dresses even at 30 percent off,” said O’Connell.
Businesses open on Friday and Saturday are required to participate in the tax-free weekend which ends Saturday evening at midnight.