Connecticut’s “sales tax-free holiday” takes place this year from Sunday, August 16, through Saturday, August 22.
As a help to families preparing to send their children back to school, all clothing and footwear items under $300 will be exempt from the state’s six percent sales tax.
Examples of clothing exempted during the sales tax-free holiday are jeans, dresses, blouses, shirts, shoes, sneakers, scarves, gloves, and belts. Non-apparel items, such as jewelry, wallets, and luggage are not included in the exemption.
“I think the sales tax-free week is a great opportunity to make it at least a little bit easier for parents to make their back-to-school purchases,” said Rep. Rowe. “However, everyone can take advantage of the savings it provides.”
Connecticut House Republicans first introduced the concept in August 1999 – modeled after a New York program – as a way of providing some relief to Connecticut families while maintaining the state’s economic competitiveness among neighboring states.