“Tax-Free Week” in Connecticut is in full swing and shoppers can take advantage of the break from sales taxes on select consumer goods, save money on some items of clothing and footwear, as well as some college-level textbooks. With school starting in Wilton in two weeks, residents can take the opportunity to do back-to-school shopping and save from Sunday, Aug. 20, through Saturday, Aug. 26.
The benefit is applied to select clothing and footwear items intended for everyday use that cost less than $100. Sales tax is calculated after the coupons or discounts are applied, so sales tax exemption is valid on final prices less than $100. Clothing or footwear priced under $100 and put on layaway is also tax-free.
Students are exempt from paying sales tax on new and used college textbooks when they present a valid college ID at the time of purchase.
Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to: clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities, like football cleats or specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as helmets and headbands; and accessories like jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, and watches.
For specifics, consult with the local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a full list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.