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Shaban Reminds Eastonites of Tax-Free Week

State Rep. John T. Shaban is a Republican who represents the 135th General Assembly District of Easton, Weston and Redding.

I want to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week." From Sunday, Aug. 21, to Saturday, Aug. 27 , Connecticut residents will not incur sales taxes for purchases of clothing and footwear costing less than $300. This is a good opportunity to save, because Connecticut’s longstanding sales tax exemption for clothes and footwear costing less than $50 is now gone.

In these tough economic times, every bit of relief helps. Fortunately, Connecticut shoppers will again be offered tax-free shopping for one week this year, just in time for the busy back-to-school season. This is more beneficial than ever before because the overall state sales tax rate has been increased from 6 percent to 6.35 percent.

Original budget plans drawn up by Gov. Dannel Malloy also eliminated the celebrated sales-tax holiday meant to provide families a little relief with back-to-school bills. After much public outcry and strong opposition, the sales-tax-free week was preserved.

Tax Free Week is not only a much-needed break for consumers, but it also boosts consumer confidence and spurs sales, which helps businesses keep jobs and grows our economy.

First enacted in 2000, Tax Free Week applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use. Goods not covered include items that are solely intended for use in sporting activities and accessories such as jewelry, watches, handbags and wallets. By law, Tax Free Week is to run from the third Sunday in August to the following Saturday.

For more information, go to the Department of Revenue Services website at www.ct.gov/drs .

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