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Connecticut's sales tax free week starts on Sunday

During the tax-free week, clothes and shoes that are under $100 per item will not be taxed from Sunday, August 21 through Saturday, August 27.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Starting Sunday, you’ll get a break from the state sales tax of 6.35 percent for Connecticut’s sales tax-free week.

During the tax-free week, clothes and shoes that are under $100 per item will not be taxed from Sunday, August 21 through Saturday, August 27.

"I'm pretty excited. I will probably hold off on big transactions until next week," said Lauren Cornelio from Newington. “Maybe get him a couple new things for daycare."

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"I have an 8-year-old going back to school so I'm going to be shopping then," said mother, Sazia Coleman.

Each item must be under $100 and only certain items qualify for the savings.
Some of the items that qualify include shirts, jeans, sleepwear, swimsuits, work clothes, uniforms, socks, and shoes. Accessories like hats and belts, and even diapers, also qualify.

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There are some items that are excluded. The following items are still taxable, even if they are sold for less than $100: party costumes, sports uniforms and helmets, purses, wallets, cleats, and umbrellas. (See below for a full list of items that qualify.)

"It's limiting but it helps because shoes will cost you an arm and a leg and clothes these days are really expensive," Devon Parker from Waterbury said.
People we spoke with said the tax-free week couldn’t come at a better time as families tackle back-to-school shopping and deal with inflation.

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"There's a lot of people right now that are kind of bogged down by the whole recession or a lot of inflation going on right now so this will take a burden off of a lot of people that will have to buy school clothes for their kids," Coleman said.

"I didn't know about it, but if I had known, maybe I might have postponed my trip to target today," Celeste from West Hartford said. "But it's a good idea because we're all trying to save money right now."

To view the full list of items that qualify, click here.
For more information on the tax free week, click here.

Elisha Machado is a reporter at FOX61 News. She can be reached at emachado@fox61.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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