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What You Can and Cannot Buy During Conn.'s 2018 Tax-Free Week

Tax-free week runs from Aug. 19 to Aug. 25



    Is Tax-Free Week Really Worth It?

    Consumers do not have to pay the state's 6.35 percent sales tax on retail purchases of most clothing and footwear items that are priced under $100 during tax-free week, but how much does that equal in savings?

    (Published Friday, Aug. 17, 2018)

    The 2018 annual Connecticut sales tax-free week will begin Sunday, Aug. 19 and go through Saturday, Aug. 25.

    No matter what's on your shopping list, the week offers items that are exempt from sales tax when sold for less than $100. For items costing $100 or more, sales tax is calculated on the full purchase price. 

    It's a great week to start your back-to-school shopping, revamp your wardrobe, or maybe even get an early start on some holiday shopping.

    Here is a list of just some of the things you can buy tax-free. Click here for the full list

    • Antique clothing 
    • Arm warmers
    • Athletic socks 
    • Bandannas
    • Baseball hats
    • Belts, suspenders, belt buckles
    • Blouses
    • Chef uniforms 
    • Children's bibs
    • Dresses
    • Earmuffs
    • Employee uniforms (such as police, fire, mechanics, nurses, postal)
    • Formal wear gowns 
    • Formal wear rentals
    • Foul weather gear
    • Garters
    • Gloves
    • Golf dresses and skirts
    • Golf jackets
    • Golf shirts
    • Graduation caps and gowns
    • Hats, caps
    • Fashion boots
    • Jeans
    • Legwarmers
    • Leotards, tights
    • Overclothes
    • Overshoes, rubber, boots
    • Ponchos
    • Rain jackets, rain suits, rainwear
    • Robes
    • Sashes
    • Scarves
    • Shirts
    • Shoelaces
    • Ski sweaters, ski jackets
    • Slippers
    • Sneakers
    • Socks
    • Square dancing clothes
    • Swimsuits
    • Tennis clothing (dresses, hats, shorts, and skirts)
    • Ties (men’s and women’s)
    • Wedding gowns, headpieces, and veils
    • Work clothes 
    When shopping during tax-free week, it's also important to keep a lookout for items that are still taxable. Click here to see the full list.

    Some of the taxable items, even if sold for less than $100, include:
    • Athletic supporters
    • Boots (fishing, mountain climbing, paddock, riding, ski)
    • Gloves (athletic, garden, golf, tennis, work)
    • Hair nets
    • Handbags and purses
    • Ice skates
    • Insoles, arch supports
    • Jewelry
    • Lobster bibs
    • Martial arts attire
    • Party costumes
    • Pot holders
    • Riding pants
    • Roller skates
    • Shin guards
    • Shoes (ballet, bicycle, bowling, cleated, football, golf, track, jazz, tap, turf)
    • Shower caps 
    • Ski pants
    • Sports helmets
    • Sports uniforms 
    • Umbrellas
    • Wallets
    • Water ski vests
    • Wet suits