The residents of some areas of the state will pay an extra penny of sales tax with the start of the new year today. Iowa Department of Revenue spokesperson, Renee Mulvey, says many areas will now add the 1% sales tax on top of the 6% state sales tax.
She says Calhoun County and the city of Lytton and the unincorporated areas are going to add a 1% sales tax today. In Ida County and the town of Holstein and the unincorporated areas, they will add the 1% tax and another 1% will be charged in Osceola county in the towns of Ashton, Harris, Melvin, and Ocheyedan.
Mulvey says there are still some areas where you won’t have to pay the extra local sales tax. “With the new jurisdictions coming on we have 69 of our 99 counties have the 1% local option tax countywide. So everywhere that you make sales or purchases in those counties you will pay that 1% in addition to the six,” Mulvey says.
Also today, the extra penny of tax continues in Lansing in northeast Iowa. The tax was scheduled to end until voters approved a measure to extend it.