This August, Tax Free Shopping Week Just in Time for Back to School

You know school is starting soon when the state announces “Tax Free Week.”

Per statute the 19th annual Tax Free Sales Week, which begins on the third Sunday of each August, is right around the corner.

This is a great opportunity for some back-to-school shopping and to prepare for the fall season.

Certain clothing and footwear items under $100 will be exempt from the state’s sale tax during this time.

This year the week runs from Saturday, August 18th – Sunday, August 24th

The one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35% sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.

Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use.

Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities: football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc.
  • Accessories: jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, etc.

View examples of individual items that are exempt or taxable during Sales Tax Free Sales Week.