The Connecticut tax-free weekend 2013 begins Sun., Aug. 18 and runs through Sat., Aug. 24. Residents throughout the state can take advantage of eligible purchases without having to pay the 6.35 percent sales tax, Darien Daily Voice reports Aug. 15.
Purchases shoppers can buy during the sales tax holiday include clothing and footwear under $300 each item. This doesn't include specialty clothing, sports equipment, umbrellas, luggage, jewelry, or accessories. Online purchases, layaway purchases, store sales, catalog purchases, and rentals are also exempt from paying a sales tax.
“For families that are still struggling, still trying to make ends meet, this is a way for some real savings,” state Sen. Carlo Leone (D-Stamford and Darien) said regarding the Connecticut tax-free weekend.
For more details on the tax-free weekend rules and what's eligible, visit this page.
State officials predict that the Connecticut sales tax holiday will save consumers as much as $7.5 million. About $700 on back-to-school purchases per family is expected to be spent and the tax-free weekend is an ideal time for them to make purchases. Part of why the mandated tax-free weekend was implemented in 2000 was to allow back-to-school shoppers a break in required purchases. The whole state benefits from the sales tax holiday in that it brings in more business and increases statewide revenue.