2009 tax holiday schedule


  • Tax holiday dates: Aug. 7 to Aug. 8
  • General exempt items: During the first Friday and Saturday of each August in the Hawkeye State, no tax (including school and local option sales levies) will be collected on clothing or footwear items costing less than $100. The tax break is available for each eligible article, regardless of how many items are sold on the same invoice to the same customer. Local option taxes also are not collected during these two days.
  • Notable exceptions: The holiday does not extend into Sunday. All items priced at $100 or more remain taxable. Also check the exempt list carefully. Belts without buckles attached are still taxed during the two holiday days, but if you buy a belt with a buckle on it, the item is tax-free.

More information is available on Iowa's sales-tax holiday Web site.


  • Tax holiday dates: Aug. 7 to Aug. 8
  • General exempt items: Pelican State shoppers will not have to pay sales tax on most items purchased for personal use that do not exceed $2,500 each. If a product costs more than the exemption limit, sales tax will be collected on the amount over $2,500.
  • Notable exceptions: Sales tax will continue to be collected on vehicles and restaurant meals, including to-go orders. Also, the holiday does not apply to sales taxes levied by parishes, municipalities, school boards and other state political subdivisions.

More information is available on Louisiana's sales-tax holiday Web site and notice of 2009 dates and special retailer information.


  • Tax holiday dates: July 31 to Aug. 1
  • General exempt items: The Magnolia State holds its first-ever sales tax holiday this year, offering shoppers two days in which they don't have to pay state or city sales taxes on items of clothing and footwear priced at less than $100.
  • Notable exceptions: Accessories, including jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, backpacks, briefcases and similar items will still be taxed.

More information will be available in Mississippi's brochure for consumers and its guidelines for retailers.


  • Tax holiday dates: Aug. 7 to Aug. 9
  • General exempt items: Missouri will show shoppers a state sales-tax break on clothing and footwear items worth $100 or less; school supplies priced at $50 or less; personal computers bought for $3,500 or less; computer peripheral equipment also priced at $3,500 or less; and software costing $350 or less.
  • Notable exceptions: Many of the state's cities, counties and other taxing districts will continue to collect local sales-tax levies. In nonparticipating jurisdictions, only Missouri's 4.225 percent state sales tax will be excluded from eligible sales during that weekend.
More information is available on Missouri's sales-tax holiday Web site.




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