State's annual sales-tax-free week for clothing, footwear starts Sunday

Hartford - Sunday is the start of the state's annual sales tax-free week, an annual holiday that allows shoppers to purchase most individual items of clothing and footwear priced under $300 without having to pay the usual sales and use tax.

This year's tax-free week runs from Sunday to Aug. 24.

"This week-long sales tax holiday makes back-to-school shopping a little bit easier for working families, while also helping retailers boost their bottom line," said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in a prepared statement.

Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin Sullivan said in a press release that the state expects to forego between $7 million and $8 million during the week.

Connecticut Retail Merchants Association (CRMA) President Tim Phelan said in the release that according to a national survey, clothing purchases will represent the largest portion of parents' back-to-school budgets this year, and that the tax-free week will allow merchants to help shoppers get the most for their money.

For more information on the state sales-tax-free week for clothing and footwear, visit

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