Posted on August 13, 2020
With our normal routines disrupted by the Coronavirus, I want to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 16 through Saturday, August 22.
Last year, I was part of a contingent of legislators who successfully fought back against attempts by the governor to end the weekly tax break event which benefits so many working families.
This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item. Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price per item is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.
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 list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.