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 Statehouse News

Annual Sales Tax Holiday Weekend of August 3-4

This year’s annual sales tax holiday is the first weekend in August, or Friday, August 3, and Saturday, August 4th.  The holiday does not include Sunday.  No sales tax (including local taxes) is collected on sales of any clothing or footwear that has a sales price of less than $100.  The holiday applies to each article that is priced at less than $100, no matter how many items are sold to any customer.  The holiday does not apply to any item that is sold for $100 or more.

Any business that is open during the sales tax holiday will participate.  Businesses do not have to do any special reporting because there is a line for the Sales Tax Holiday included on the regular sales tax form for sales during the holiday.  

The sales tax holiday does not apply to watches, jewelry, sporting equipment, handbags, or wallets.  Store coupons and discounts can reduce the sales price below $100 to qualify for the Sales Tax Holiday, but manufacturer coupons cannot.  If items are usually sold as a unit, those items cannot be split up so that each piece qualifies for the $100 requirement.  

Additional information on the Sales Tax Holiday can be found at

“Move Over Law” Expanded to All Vehicles

Drivers traveling on Iowa’s roads will have to pay more attention to cars and other vehicles parked on the side of the road, or risk being fined.

Starting July 1, all drivers must move over or at least slow down for all vehicles with flashing emergency lights. This past session saw the state’s “Move Over” expanded to include a stationary construction vehicle and allows a stationary construction vehicle to display flashing amber lights. The law also now extends to any stationary motor vehicle that is continuously displays its emergency signal lamps flashing simultaneously.

The previous law only required a driver approaching an authorized emergency vehicle, utility vehicle, municipal maintenance vehicle, towing or recovery vehicle, highway maintenance vehicle, stationary solid waste or recycling vehicle, that are displaying flashing yellow to use due caution when approaching or make a lane change if possible.

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Fairfield, IA 52556
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