- Annual tradition makes most clothing and footwear purchases under $100 exempt from Connecticut’s sales and use tax
- Sales Tax Free Week has run for 21 years
- Initiative aims to support back-to-school shopping and promote small businesses and retailers
Summary by Dirk Langeveld
Connecticut residents will get a reprieve from sales taxes next week as part of an annual tradition that has run for more than two decades.
Connecticut’s Sales Tax Free Week starts on Sunday, Aug. 15 and runs through Saturday, Aug. 21. During this period, retail purchases of most clothing and footwear items are exempt from the state’s sales and use tax when priced under $100. The exemption applies to each eligible item, no matter how many are included on the same invoice.
- Governor Ned Lamont and Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz said the occasion allows families to stretch their budget during back-to-school shopping, and encouraged people to patronize local retailers and small businesses
- Many retailers offer additional discounts during the week
- Sales Tax Free Week was included in the biennial budget signed into law this summer, and has occurred starting on the third Sunday of August for 21 years
- A list of items eligible and ineligible for the sales tax break are listed on the Connecticut State Department of Revenue Services website