Starting Friday, both Missouri and Iowa kick-off back-to-school tax free weekends, but consumer advocates warn it may not be as good as it sounds.
The Better Business Bureau says you should do your homework. There are price limitations when it comes to the tax breaks. For example, in Missouri, clothing items over one-hundred dollars, computers over fifteen-hundred dollars, school supply items like binders, organizers, or backpacks over fifty dollars, and calculators over a hundred and fifty dollars do not qualify for the tax holiday.
Mara Clingingsmith, Regional Manager of the BBB says, "to do your research, check the items, make sure you’re getting a good value, make sure your researching and getting the best price for the value as well.. And make sure you’re dealing with a reputable company "
The BBB urges shoppers to consider the following tips before back-to-school shopping:
The BBB also points out that some counties in Missouri opt out of the holiday, specifically Shelby and Pike counties in our area.
The sales tax holiday extends to items bought online during the weekend as well.
Both Missouri and Iowa’s sales tax holidays start tomorrow. Missouri’s holiday runs through Sunday and Iowa’s runs through Saturday.