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Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff: Your Voice

August 19, 2016

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Hartford, CT 06106-1591


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Back-to-School Savings: Tax-Free Week Begins This Sunday!

Darien Tax-Free Week promotion
August means back-to-school shopping, and once again many items of clothing and footwear that cost less than $100 can be purchased without paying Connecticut sales tax during "Sales Tax-Free Week" beginning this Sunday, August 21, and running through next Saturday, August 27.

During Sales Tax-Free Week, most individual items of clothing and footwear priced under $100 are exempt from Connecticut's sales tax.

Connecticut is one of just 16 states that offer a tax-free holiday for back-to-school clothing and footwear purchases. According to the National Retail Association, the average family with children in grades K-12 plans to spend $630 on back-to-school shopping while the average college student or college family will spend $899 on back-to-college shopping. That means Connecticut residents can expect to save about $4.5 million in sales taxes next week.

There are no limits on how many items you can buy, so long as each individual item is priced at less than $100.

However, there are some limitations on which clothing and footwear items are tax-free. For example, special clothing or footwear designed primarily for athletic activity--such as goggles, shin guards, cleats or protective equipment--are not exempt from the sales tax.

For tax-free items that are on sale, so long as the reduced sales price is $99.99 or less, the item is tax-free.

I hope you'll make some time next week to take advantage of these tax savings for many of your back-to-school needs!


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