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Archive for August 2016

Rep. Floren Attends Greenwich Public Schools’ Convocation

Rep. Livvy Floren recently joined teachers, administrators and local and state officials at Greenwich High School’s performing arts center for the annual public schools convocation. The event featured remarks from GHS student government leader Joseph Magliocco, Dr. Sarah Goldin, Carol Sutton, interim Superintendent Sal Corda, Deputy Superintendent Anne Carabillo and Board of Education chair Laura Erickson.

Please click here for a more detailed report from the Greenwich Free Press.

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CT Emergency Alerts: There’s an App For That

I am proud to share with you a new mobile app that has been launched to provide Connecticut residents with emergency alerts and other useful resources. The app, called CTPrepares, can be downloaded for FREE from the iTunes Apple Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices.

The app allows residents to communicate with family members during an emergency and provides real-time notifications including emergency news, state office closings, public safety messages and up-to-the-minute information for residents. It also locates Connecticut Emergency Management contacts and provides emergency preparation guides.

For a guide on how to use the app, please click here to open a PDF instruction packet.

Sales Tax Free Week, August 21-27

With the start of school just around the corner, I wanted to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 21st through Saturday, August 27th.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.

Additionally, new and used college textbooks are exempt from the state 6.35% sales tax for students who present a valid college ID at the time of purchase.

Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.

Please note: This benefit has been substantially reduced from previous years and will only apply to clothing and footwear that costs less than $100.

Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use.

Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities: football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc.
  • Accessories: jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, etc.

Please consult with your local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a full list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.