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Tax-Free Week August 18-24

Posted on August 14, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


Governor Lamont proposed eliminating our “Tax-Free Week” in 2019. Along with defeating 2/3 of his new taxes and toll proposals, I stood firmly against this proposal in order to continue this Connecticut tradition, preserving our temporary tax holiday for individuals and families throughout the state.

So, with a small measure of relief, I am happy to announce that Tax-Free Week begins Sunday, August 18th, and runs through Saturday, August 24th. Many clothing items with retail selling prices under $100 will be exempt from CT sales tax all week.

Getting ready for back to school? This is the perfect opportunity to pay for your student’s clothing and mittens, tax-free. Not in school? You can purchase work uniforms, skivvies, outerwear, shoes and more, tax-free. Retired? You qualify too!

Some items remain subject to sales tax if they are specifically for use during sporting and athletic events, or are considered to be accessories.

  • Examples of tax exempt items include: shirts, dresses, jeans, diapers, socks, etc.
  • Taxable items include: wallets, jewelry, ice or roller skates, cleats, etc.

For a complete list of tax exempt and taxable clothing items, please click here.

Tax-Free Week was enacted by the Connecticut General Assembly in the year 2000. Annually, it saves Connecticut shoppers over $4.2 million in sales tax.