Make the Most of Connecticut’s Tax Free Week


(WFSB) – It’s back to school time and Tax Free Week is one of the best ways to save money doing it.

Eyewitness News has some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your shopping.

It’s the time of year to get those pencils and notebooks for back-to-school shopping, but as any parent of a growing child knows, clothes and shoes are high on the list too. .

That’s where Connecticut Tax Free Week can help.

From August 21 through August 27, clothing and footwear under $100 are exempt from the state’s 6.35% sales tax.

The exemption applies per item.

“So even if you have $500 worth of items in your shopping cart, as long as those items each have a price less than one hundred dollars, those items will be tax-free, even if your shopping cart total is higher,” said Kristin McGrath, shopping expert.

McGrath said you’ll get your best deals if you’re looking for coupons and promo codes to stack on top of tax savings and she said it’s important to know which items aren’t tax-exempt.

Jewelry, handbags, luggage, wallets and watches are not tax exempt, nor are school supplies or electronics.

But, if those are some of the items you’re looking for, you might be tempted to cross the border into Massachusetts whose duty-free weekend is August 13-14.

“Massachusetts actually has a very flexible tax-free weekend. With some exceptions, items priced under $2,500 are tax exempt. So that includes a lot of electronics, a lot of these larger items,” McGrath said. “Things like dorm furniture and electronics like laptops and tablets.”

If you’re one of those people who hate going to crowded stores and want to shop online during Connecticut Tax Free Week, you’re in luck.

If the shipping address is in Connecticut, you’ll receive tax-free savings, even if the shipping charge exceeds $100.

As long as the item was clothes or shoes under $100, you’re good to go.

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