Hamden/New Haven retailers Gear up for Tax-Free Week

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Tax Fee Week

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne
Email: lucy@thethinkering.com


As tradition holds Connecticut’s tax-free week makes it a little easier when it comes to back-to-school clothing and items required to further your children’s education.   The holiday happens during the week of 20 August -27 August 2017.

Some items are available for adults and preschool children helping your family save money across the board.  Some local retailers are scheduling sales to coincide with sales tax-free week offering shoppers even more savings.  The program is offered on Clothing items under $100 per item and for Shoes under $100.

Items offered tax free:

  • Jeans
  • Dresses
  • Jackets
  • Sweaters
  • Undergarments
  • Work clothes
  • Diapers
  • Gym suits
  • Sleepwear
  • Etc.

While your total purchase can exceed $100, individual items must be limited to $100.  If an item starts above $100 and is discounted by the store to $99.  Tax-free status applies. 

In addition to clothing shoes would include the following items:

  • Socks
  • Shoelaces
  • Slippers
  • Sneakers
  • Overshoes
  • Rubbers
  • Boots
  • Etc.

These are only partial lists of what’s allowable.   The following are a few examples of what is not included in the sales tax holiday. 

  • Umbrellas
  • Wallets
  • Purses
  • Gloves
  • Jewelry
  • Sports uniforms
  • Etc. 

Although, discounts are being offered by the store and the state be smart and compare other offers.  Use coupons and many stores have price matching policies. 

Don’t throw your pennies to swine, remember some of the better sales will be held after the big shopping week.  The standard tax rate in Connecticut is 6.35%, there are no city taxes or county taxes imposed in the State.  

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