Tax Free Shopping Week in Connecticut

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Happy news from the Connecticut Dept. of Revenue Services. Tax Free Shopping week is set for Sunday, August 17 through Saturday, Aug. 23, just in time for back to school shopping. The Sales and Use Tax Exclusion is for clothing and footwear costing less than $300.

The list of examples of items that are exempt includes square dancing clothes, painter pants and leotards, which leads one to believe the list is from the 70s, but it remains comprehensive:

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Items not subject to the exemption. For purposes of the exemption, clothing and footwear do not include:

  • Any special clothing or footwear primarily designed for athletic activity or protective use that is not normally worn except when used for the athletic activity or protective use for which it was designed.
  • Jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, and similar items carried on or about the human body but not worn on the body in the manner characteristic of clothing, and
  • Articles of clothing considered safety apparel are fully exempt under a separate exemption in Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(91). (See Policy Statement 2000(6), Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Safety Apparel).


More information is available on the Dept. of Revenue Service website.