Connecticut Is the Last State to Offer Tax Free Shopping This Year

Clothing and footwear priced under $100 will be exempt during the weeklong sales tax holiday.
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It's back-to-school season! Are you lucky enough to be able to shop a whole tax free week? Connecticut residents are, as the Constitution State is taking a week to exempt clothing and footwear from sales tax, giving shoppers an opportunity to save on essentials before the new school year begins.

Don't live in Connecticut? DealNews is keeping tabs on all the state sales tax holidays. You can check out the complete list of tax holidays for 2018 to see if your state is participating.

When Is Connecticut's Tax Free Week for 2018?

While some states run tax free weekends for back-to-school items, Connecticut residents can enjoy an entire week. From Sunday, August 19, until Saturday, August 25, shoppers will pay no sales and use tax on exempt items.

SEE ALSO: When Is Your State's Tax Free Weekend in 2018?

Who Can Shop?

All Connecticut retailers are participating in the tax free week, which means anyone in Connecticut can take advantage of the back-to-school clothing deals. Additionally, Connecticut shoppers should owe no sales tax on items purchased over the internet.

What's Covered?

Connecticut is exempting purchases of clothing and footwear items that cost under $100 each from sales tax. That includes shoes, shirts, pants, and so on. For examples of items that are tax exempt, check out the list on the state's Department of Revenue Services website.

As with most state sales tax holidays, retailers may offer in-store coupons or run sales to bring items under the $100 price-per-item threshold. But unlike other states, Connecticut's holiday allows shoppers to use manufacturer coupons to bring prices down.

SEE ALSO: What to Expect From Back-to-School Sales in 2018

What's Not Covered?

You'll still have to pay sales tax on accessories (think umbrellas, wallets, and jewelry), as well as recreational equipment (like martial arts uniforms, lobster bibs, water ski vests, and so on). Protective equipment and safety apparel may be tax exempt as well, but under a different statute that applies year-round.

Readers, are you planning to buy anything during this tax free week? What do you think about tax holidays? Tell us all about it in the comments!

Contributing Writer

Sean is a freelance writer and photojournalist working in the Hampton Roads region. He has been a writer, adventure motorcyclist, drag racer, data nerd, shade-tree mechanic, and tornado chaser. Recommend good beers to him on Twitter at @wxgeek.
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