Take advantage of Tax Free Week

Before children head back to school state officials are reminding town residents to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week.”

From Sunday, Aug. 21 to Saturday, Aug. 27, Connecticut residents will enjoy a sales tax holiday on purchases of clothing and footwear under $100.

Additionally, for college students with a valid college ID, college textbooks are exempt from the state’s 6.35% sales tax.

Over the last few years the threshold has been lowered from $300 to $100.

This sales tax suspension is timed to coincide with Back to School, but is not limited to school clothes.

Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases that are intended for everyday use. Goods not covered under the program include items that are solely intended for use in sporting activities and accessories such as jewelry, watches, handbags, and wallets.

By law, Tax Free Week is to run from the third Sunday in August to the following Saturday.

More information can be found at the Department of Revenue Services website, ct.gov/drs.