For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 15, 2012
(Hartford CT) – Connecticut’s annual holiday from the sales tax begins on August 19 and runs through August 25. Tax free purchases are expected to save consumers as much as $7.5 million statewide, especially on back-to-school shopping. On average, it is estimated that families will spend nearly $700 on back to school purchases this year.
During this third week of August, individual items of clothing and footwear that cost less than $300 are completely exempt from state sales tax – other than sports equipment, specialty clothing, jewelry and accessories. Store sales, catalog and on-line purchases, purchases on layaway and rentals are exempt. In addition, the tax free holiday week includes items valued at more but discounted to under $300 with sales, coupons and similar merchant promotions.
Said Department of Revenue Services (DRS) Commissioner Kevin Sullivan, “Governor Malloy and I see this as a great opportunity for consumers to stretch their tight household budgets and make the kind of purchases that are always necessary at this time of year. In addition, this is a good shot in the arm for our merchants – especially those that help attract shoppers who can maximize the tax exemption through discounted pricing.”
DRS has details on its website at www.ct.gov/drs, for more information about Connecticut’s Sales Tax Free Week, The DRS web site also has links to other publications to help consumers and taxpayers. Individuals may also call 1-800-382-9463 (for in-state calls outside the Greater Hartford Area) or 860-297-5962 (from anywhere).
Media inquiries only should be directed to the communications office at (860) 297-5610 or email@example.com.
Select this link for more information about clothing and shoes eligible for exemption during the holiday.
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