August 20, 2019

Senator Haskell Visits Open House Gift Shop to Highlight Sales Tax Free Week

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WILTON, CT – Today, State Senator Will Haskell (D-Wilton) visited the Open House Gift Shop to promote Connecticut’s 19th Sales Tax Free Week. Through Saturday, Aug. 24, all clothing and shoes sold in Connecticut valued under $100 are exempt from sales tax. This provision, included in the two-year state budget approved in June, is designed to give families financial relief during the busy back-to-school period.

“This is the perfect week to visit our local businesses, whether you’re shopping for back-to-school or you’re looking for something new for your own closet,” said Sen. Haskell. “I was thrilled to chat with the staff at this long-time staple of Wilton – open for more than 35 years – and bring attention and support to this week, designed to provide shoppers statewide with a chance to save some money.”

The governor’s office estimates that overall sales during sales tax free week will save shoppers $4.9 million. Items NOT exempt from the sales tax, even if valued under $100, include sports helmets, uniforms and sport-specific shoes, like football cleats; sport-specific boots like climbing and ski boots; and sport-specific equipment like ice skates and golf gloves. For more information, please visit the Department of Revenue Services website.