The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Top News

July 30, 2013

Tax-free weekend set

CLINTON — Clinton stores will stock shelves, bulk schedules and add sales in anticipation of this year’s tax-free weekend.

Iowa’s 14th annual sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and runs through midnight Saturday.

Most shoes and clothing items less than $100 will be exempt from taxes on those two days. Any item $100 or more will be taxed.

The chance to put more in their closets without giving more to government draws big crowds to both national chains and local stores in Clinton, which is already a regional retail center.

“It’s been very successful for us,” Boegel’s co-owner Bobbi Scherer said. “It gets really busy. It’s always nice for people to be able to save that money.”

The exemption applies to both the state tax of 5 percent and the local option sales tax, giving people more incentive to add to their wardrobe.

“We are expecting a really big couple days,” said Amy Clausen, a senior team lead with Target in Clinton.

To prepare, the store has added cashier shifts and increased the amount of basics like T-shirts and underwear on hand.

The tax-free weekend started in 1999 to give families a break on back-to-school shopping, but its not just school kids and their parents hitting the stores as the tax-break applies to more than just new school clothes.

“We do see an influx of families in the store shopping together,” Clausen said. “But I’m sure there are other people who take advantage of it. Who wouldn’t?”

Scherer said her store also plans to run sales during the weekend to give shoppers even more for their money.

“It’s like bonus, bonus,” she said.

The Iowa Department of Revenue says that watches, watchbands, jewelry, umbrellas, handkerchiefs, sporting equipment, skis, swim fins, in-line skates and any special clothing or footwear designed primarily for athletic activity or protective use and not usually considered appropriate for everyday wear will be taxed.

For more information on the tax free holiday, visit www.iowa.gov/tax/educate/holiday1.html.

1
Text Only
Top News
  • Celebrity quack moms are a terrible influence on everyday parents

    On April 15, the actress Alicia Silverstone released a book called "The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning." It's chock-full of attachment parenting lessons and dangerous misinformation.

    April 24, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg What will happen in NFL draft? No one really knows

    Despite the hours spent interviewing coaches, watching film and developing well-reasoned mock draft lists, the truth about the 2014 NFL draft remains a mystery, well-guarded by teams that have nothing to gain by publicly sharing their innermost thoughts.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • American sunscreens need an upgrade

    The last time a new sunscreen ingredient came on the U.S. market, the Y2K bug was threatening to destroy our way of life. Intel had just introduced the Pentium III processor, featuring an amazing 500 MHz of computing power.

    April 24, 2014

  • 20140424-AMX-COFFEE24.jpg Coffee growers' prayers for rain met with threat of deluge

    Brazil's drought made arabica coffee this year's best-performing commodity. Now, farmers are facing a downpour that is once more threatening crops.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Iowa man accused of torturing, killing bald eagle

    An Iowa man has been charged with torturing and killing a bald eagle.

    A federal grand jury in Des Moines returned an indictment Wednesday against Jason John Thomas.

    April 24, 2014

  • Affirmative action ruling challenges colleges seeking diversity

    The U.S. Supreme Court's support of Michigan's ban on race-based affirmative action in university admissions may spur colleges to find new ways to achieve diversity without using racial preferences.

    April 24, 2014

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

    April 24, 2014

  • 4-23-14 Northey Burkens committed to ag education CLINTON -- As the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey said his department doesn't hand out the Good Farm Neighbor Award arbitrarily. Only 10 acknowledgements are bestowed each year. On Wednesday, the honor went to a worthy family in Clinton C

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • World Book Night 1 Clinton Public Library hosts largest World Book Night event in the country

    CLINTON -- With more than 21 titles and 800 copies to give away, what reader wouldn't adore an event like World Book Night? Organizers at the Clinton Public Library wondered the same Wednesday, and were pleased with turnout for the third annual event

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Amid Russian warning, Ukraine's in a security bind

    Ukraine's highly publicized goal to recapture police stations and government buildings seized by pro-Russia forces in the east produced little action on the ground Wednesday but ignited foreboding words from Moscow.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that Russia would mount a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine. Although he did not specifically say Russia would launch a military attack, his comments bolstered wide concern that Russia could use any violence in eastern Ukraine as a pretext for sending in troops.

    April 23, 2014

AP Video