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STATE SENATOR

Gary Winfield

A Passion For Progress

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

The new school year for most children begins in less than two weeks, and that means back-to-school shopping.

So once again, for the 17th year in a row, many items of clothing and footwear that cost less than $100 can be purchased without paying any Connecticut sales tax during “Sales Tax-Free Week” beginning this Sunday, August 20, and running through next Saturday, August 26.

Tax-free Week.

During Sales Tax-Free Week, most individual items of clothing and footwear priced under $100 are exempt from Connecticut’s sales tax. For items costing $100 or more, the sales tax is calculated on the full purchase price.

Connecticut is one of just 16 states in America that offers its residents 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 spends about $600 on back-to-school shopping. That means Connecticut families will save about $4.1 million during this sales tax holiday week.

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

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

Reminder: "Because You Matter" Kicks Off Monday!

Help me kick off the "Because You Matter" school tour Monday, August 28 at 8 a.m. at Lincoln-Bassett School, 130 Bassett St., New Haven. Every month, you can join me and other members of the community at a school in your neighborhood to welcome and encourage students as walk through the doors in the morning. Check the "Because You Matter Tour" Facebook page every month to see which school we'll be visiting next!