Tax Free Week in Connecticut takes place Sunday, Aug. 16-22, in time for the beginning of school at the end of this month.
The one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35% sales tax on all clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item. Unlike previous years, this year the exemption has been substantially reduced and will only apply to clothing and footwear that costs less than $100.
Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.
Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use.
Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to:
• Clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities: football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc.
• Accessories: jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, etc.