Connecticut’s tax-free holiday gets rolling Sunday, but there is a twist this year.
The back-to-school shopping craze will only ramp up this weekend when tax-free week takes hold statewide.
Customers will still get a break on the 6.35 percent sales tax towards shoes and clothes, but the threshold is now. The threshold is up to $100 and down from the near $300 of a year ago. A move made to save some of the millions of dollars in revenue the state stands to lose this week.
“Right now, any discount is good,” shopper Oronde Moore said.
Department of Revenue Commissioner Kevin Sullivan said there’s one last thing to keep in mind.
“The important thing is it’s not just a total amount, it’s any item that is less than that, so that you can buy as much as you want under that number and avoid the sales tax,” Sullivan said.
People can save some money, but, of course, there is a downfall to shopping when everyone else knows there's a discount
Laurie Trajanowski said she waited until the sales tax-free week a year ago.
“It was hard to find her size and the color for the Mary Janes that she needed,” Trajanowski said.
Given the rule change going from goods under $300 to ones less than $100 there will be fewer choices. At Mickey Finns, managers said they weren’t worried.
“There’s plenty of goods for under $100 in the store, especially for that family that looking for sneakers, backpacks, jeans,” Mickey Finns Manager David Skolnick said.
Other retailers such as Footprints added their own incentives in the paper to make sure everyone gets some kind of deal.
“Hopefully that will save people even more money than the 6.35 on some of the items,” Sal Gineo with Footprints said.
Connecticut is one of 18 states across the United States that have some form of sales tax holiday. The state’s runs from this Sunday to the following Saturday.
For a full list of what is included and what’s exempt from the sales tax holiday, click here.
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