Tax free week runs through Saturday

Just in time for back to school shopping, Connecticut’s annual sales tax-free week on most clothing and footwear runs from Sunday, Aug. 17, through Saturday, Aug. 23.

The seven-day tax holiday exempts clothing and footwear priced under $300 from the 6.35% state sales tax.

The sales tax is applied to merchandise after the use of any coupons or discounts, so any coupons or discounts that bring the final price of an item under $300 benefit from the exemption.

There are restrictions.

The state Department of Revenue Services says special clothing or footwear primarily designed for athletic activity or protective use, accessories, and jewelry do not qualify.

Connecticut used to exempt clothing under $50 from sales tax year-round, but that exemption was lifted in 2011. It is slated to go back into effect in July 2015.

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