Get ready for back-to-school shopping with Tax-Free Week, starting Aug. 18

Published on Wednesday, 14 August 2019 19:10
Written by Michelle Jalbert


There’s no better time to ‘shop ‘til you drop’ than during tax free week.

Connecticut’s 19th Sales Tax Free Week runs from Sunday, Aug. 18, through Saturday, Aug. 24. Footwear and clothing items under $100 are exempt to the 6.35% state tax.

Don’t have time to go to the store? Online shopping qualifies for the exemption as well, as long as the item is delivered to a location in Connecticut.

If you’re short on cash at the moment, don’t worry. Items less than $100 put on layaway during the week are exempt as well. None of the subsequent payments are taxable, even if you make them after tax free week.

There are some items on the exempt list that you might not expect. Did you know that aprons, graduation caps and gowns, scout uniforms, handkerchiefs and shoelaces are exempt? It might be a good time to stock up on diapers, because those are exempt as well, whether they’re cloth or disposable. Children’s bibs are exempt, too.

If you can find a wedding gown for under $100, that’s not taxable either. Wedding headpieces and veils aren’t subject to tax either.

But if you’re hoping to get a deal on lobster bibs, goggles, sports helmets or pot holders, you’re out of luck. Those will still be taxed, along with jewelry and items that are specific to certain sports like ballet shoes, ski pants and tennis gloves. You won’t see a discount at the register on handbags or purses either.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, General News on Wednesday, 14 August 2019 19:10. Updated: Wednesday, 14 August 2019 19:13.