Sales-Tax Free Week Begins August 18

Governor Ned Lamont wants you to know that, as part of his budget package passed by the legislature, Connecticut’s sales tax-free week begins Sunday, August 18 and runs through Saturday, August 24.

During this one-week sales tax holiday, retail purchases of most clothing and footwear items priced under $100 are exempt from the sales and use tax. This exemption applies to each eligible item under $100, regardless of how many of those items are sold to a customer on the same invoice.

According to the governor, the sales tax holiday was timed to occur during the back-to-school shopping season.

“Having this tax-free holiday helps working families stretch their dollar a little bit more during the busy back-to-school season while giving businesses an extra boost to their bottom line,” Governor Lamont said. “I also encourage residents during this busy shopping week to consider locally-owned retailers and supporting Connecticut’s small business community.”

The governor’s office noted that many retailers in Connecticut frequently offer additional clothing and footwear discounts during sales tax free weeks, resulting in even more savings for shoppers.

Additional information on Connecticut’s sales tax free week, including examples of individual items that are exempt or taxable, can be found on the Department of Revenue Services website.

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