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It's hard to believe it is back-to-school season. Many schools in the QCA will be back in session over the next few weeks. The Rock Island/Milan school district starts on Monday!

While parents scramble to get ready remember Iowa's tax free holiday is Friday and Saturday. Tax free holiday in Iowa is geared towards parents who need to buy it all for the school year. While won't be able to save on a lot of classroom supplies they can purchase back to school clothing and shoes and skip on paying tax. 

So if you are looking to re-vamp your child's wardrobe and you are on a budget you may want to do your shopping in Iowa this weekend.

School supplies can get costly for families especially when having various school-aged children. The average parent with a child in grades K-12 will spend about $285 this year on supplies.

Local sales associates say they are glad to see the state helping out. 

"I think it's good that we have something like this it gives people a chance to get a break on their wallets as far as the taxes concerned to get outfits they need for school," said K-Mart Sales Associate, Brian Schutte.

But not all school supplies qualify. The Sales Tax Holiday will only save you money on clothing and footwear. Pencils, pens, paper, notebooks and more classroom supplies are not included on the exemption list, but you may find local stores discounting them anyways.

"Sales tax holiday mainly is clothing; pants, shirts, and shoes. As far as school supplies we have our own savings going, like our one cent backpacks," says Tom Langford, manager at the Davenport Office Max.

For information about Iowa's Tax Free Holiday: http://www.iowa.gov/tax/educate/holiday1.html

Here is a complete list of the Tax Free Holiday Items: http://www.iowa.gov/tax/educate/STHList.pdf

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