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Rep. Devlin Reminds Fairfield and Trumbull Families Tax Free Week Begins on Sunday

Posted on August 16, 2019 by jdooley


Getting ready for back to school?

Connecticut’s annual tax-free week starts Sunday, August 18 and runs through Saturday, August 24. 

This annual one-week sales and use tax holiday applies to each eligible item of clothing or footwear sold for less than $100, regardless of how many items are sold to a customer on the same invoice. Tax is calculated on the final sales price of an item, after all reductions and coupons are applied. Items that cost $100 or more are subject to sales and use tax for those items. 

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

Goods not covered under the program include items that are solely intended for use in sporting activities and accessories such as jewelry, watches, handbags, and wallets. 

According to the National Retail Association, the average, families with children in grades K-12 spend about $600 on back-to-school shopping.

Since its inception, Connecticut shoppers have received approximately $4.2 million in sales and use tax savings each year during the state’s annual sales tax holiday.

Unrelated to the tax free week, but just as important for some, remember that college textbooks for students enrolled at institutions of higher education are exempt from sales and use taxes, if the student presents a valid student identification card to the retailer. Read more here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at (800) 842-1423, or email me directly at

I hope you find this information helpful,

State Rep. Laura Devlin

Proudly serving Fairfield and Trumbull



Questions? Contact 860-240-8700