Tax-free week set for late August

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Connecticut's annual tax-free week has been set.

State officials announced on Thursday that the 16th annual tax-free week will start on Aug. 21 and run through Aug. 27.

During that week, most individual items of clothing and footwear priced under $100 are exempt from Connecticut sales and use tax.

For a list of the items exempt from the tax during the tax-free holiday week, click here.

For merchandise that's more than $100, sales tax is calculated on the full purchase price.

“The ‘tax holiday’ has become a staple of Connecticut’s back-to-school shopping season," said Kevin Sullivan, Department of Revenue Services commissioner. "Many retailers schedule sales to coincide with sales tax-free week, which helps shoppers save even more money because sales tax is applied after the use of any coupons or discounts."

Sullivan said that while the price of an item may start above the $100 taxable threshold, after discounts are applied, it becomes less than $100 and is not subject to sales tax that week.

“Connecticut consumers plan their back-to-school shopping and retailers plan some of their best bargains around the annual tax-free week," he said. "We hope everyone will take the opportunity to make their shopping dollars go farther and give a boost to our state’s economy."

The state expects consumer savings to total $4.5 million during this year's week.

For more on the annual tax-free holiday week, head to the DRS's website here.

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