DRS: Connecticut Sales Tax Free Week Begins Soon

Connecticut Sales Tax Free Week Begins Soon


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 sarah.kaufman@po.state.ct.us.


Select this link for more information about clothing and shoes eligible for exemption during the holiday.


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Content Last Modified on 8/29/2012 1:52:35 PM