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CT’s Sales Tax-Free Week Starts Sunday

Posted on August 13, 2021


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For one week starting Sunday, August 15th, until Saturday, August 21st, Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax will be temporarily suspended for certain back-to-school items, including clothing and footwear. If a qualifying item costs less than $100, that item is exempt from the sales tax. For examples of qualifying and non-qualifying items, please see this guide from the Department of Revenue Services:

 

Examples of Clothing or Footwear That Are Exempt When Sold for Less Than $100:

Antique clothing; Gloves; Rented uniforms;
Aprons (kitchen); Golf dresses and skirts; Robes;
Arm warmers; Golf jackets; Sashes;
Athletic socks; Golf shirts; Scarves;
Bandannas; Graduation caps and gowns; Scout uniforms;
Baseball hats; Gym suits; Shirts;
Bathing caps; Handkerchiefs; Shoelaces;
Belts, suspenders, belt buckles; Hats, caps; Shoes: aerobic, basketball, boat, running (without cleats), safety (suitable for everyday wear);
Bicycle sneakers (without cleats); Fashion boots; Ski sweaters, ski jackets;
Blouses; Jeans; Sleepwear (nightgowns, pajamas);
Chef uniforms; Jogging suits, sweat suits; Slippers;
Children’s bibs; Leg warmers; Sneakers;
Clerical vestments and religious clothing; Leotards, tights; Socks;
Diapers (cloth or disposable, adult or child); Lingerie; Square dancing clothes;
Dresses; Nylons, hosiery;* Swim suits;
Ear muffs; Overclothes; Tennis clothing (dresses, hats, shorts, and skirts);
Employee uniforms (such as police, fire, mechanics, nurses, postal); Overshoes, rubbers, boots; Ties (men’s and women’s);
Formal wear gowns; Painter pants; Undergarments;
Formal wear rentals; Ponchos; Wedding gowns, headpieces, and veils;
Foul weather gear; Rain jackets, rain suits, rain wear; Work clothes.
Garters;

*    Support hose specially designed to aid in the circulation of blood purchased by persons with medical need for the hose are exempt under Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(19) regardless of their cost.

Wigs (custom-made wigs or hairpieces for persons with medically diagnosed total and permanent hair loss as a result of disease disease or the treatment of disease are fully exempt under Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(19)).

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Examples of Clothing or Footwear That Are Taxable Even if Sold for Less Than $100:

Athletic supporters; Jewelry; Shoes: ballet, bicycle, bowling, cleated, football, golf, track, jazz, tap, turf;
Barrettes; Lobster bibs; Shower caps;
Boots: fishing, mountain climbing, paddock, riding, ski, firefighter Martial arts attire; Ski pants;
Goggles Party costumes; Sports helmets;
Gloves: athletic, garden, golf, tennis, work, rubber, surgical Pot holders; Sports uniforms;
Hair nets; Protective aprons Umbrellas;
Handbags and purses; Riding pants; Waders;
Headbands; Roller skates; Wallets;
Ice skates; Safety glasses Water ski vests;
Insoles, arch supports; Shin guards; Wet suits;
Safety apparel items are taxable even if sold for less than $100 during Sales Tax Free Week.