Posted on August 21, 2020 by jdooley
HARTFORD- State Rep. J.P. Sredzinski (R-112) is calling for the elimination of the 6.35% state sales tax on face masks and other personal protection products, like face shields and latex/rubber gloves, particularly with Governor’s Lamont’s signing of a new executive order calling on all residents to wear face masks in all public places to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.
“Connecticut has one of the lowest COVID transmission rates in the country and residents should not be punished for purchasing and wearing the proper personal protection products,” said Rep. Sredzinski. “It is shameful the state is making money off mandatory face masks.”
In 2019, Rep. Sredzinski opposed the final two-year state budget, which included several new tax increases ($1.75 Billion in total over the two-year budget) including the repeal of the tax-exemption of safety apparel that subjected many pieces of safety gear to state sales tax.
This means that mandated face masks, which clearly fall under the definition of ‘safety apparel’, are now subject to state sales tax. Here is the list of “safety apparel” – which includes face masks, face shields and gloves.