The 2015 Connecticut Tax Free Week comes just in time for the back to school (and back to work!) shopping season. This year Tax Free Week is August 16-22 in CT. You can take advantage of combining back to school savings with the tax savings for the best deals! At TheShoeMart.com, we are offering 10% off your purchase (no minimum purchase required) and, as always, free shipping! Be sure to stop by The ShoeMart brick & mortar store in Norwalk, CT for even more deals!
In 2015, purchase of clothing or footwear costing less than $100 per item are not subject to CT sales and use taxes during the exclusion week. Here are some quick and easy guidelines for shopping during the tax free holiday:
Q: What is exempt?
A: Clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.
Q: Is anything excluded?
A: Yes. Items $100 and over, specialty athletic or protective items, and “Jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, and similar items carried on or about the human body but not worn on the body in the manner characteristic of clothing” are excluded.
Q: Is the $100 limit per transaction or per item?
A: “The exclusion applies to each item of clothing or footwear sold, regardless of how many items are sold to a customer on the same invoice. However, for any item that costs $100 or more, sales tax applies to the entire price of that item.”
For example, you can buy two pairs of shoes that are each priced at $99.95 in one order and both items are exempt. If you buy two pairs of shoes that are each priced at $99.95 and one that is priced at $105.95, you will pay tax only on the $105.95 purchase.
Q: If I pay extra for shipping on a $99 shoe, is it still considered exempt?
Shipping Costs are not included as part of the purchase price (<$100), and the item will still be exempt — although all of our items ship free!
Q: What about shoes that are regularly priced at or above $100 that are on sale/I have a coupon for?
Tax is calculated on the final sale price after all reductions have been taken. If an item is already reduced below $100 it will count as exempt. If a coupon brings the item down to a price below $100, the item will count as exempt.
Example: An item priced for $105.95 combined with a 10% off coupon code will have a final sale price of $95.36 and will be considered tax exempt.
* We have created this article with as much accuracy as possible, however, you should always get the final word from your Local Tax Office. We used the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services‘ announcement about the 2015 Tax Week as a source, which can be found here.