You are probably well aware by now, but for the next six days, Connecticut’s sales tax is suspended on just about everything you could want to buy.
For the past 16 years, Connecticut has picked one week out of the year (typically near the end of summer to help out all the parents shopping for back-to-school stuff) and let us off the hook for the 6.35% sales tax they usually add to every item we buy. And for the past 16 years, we have all loved every second of it, using the week as an opportunity to treat ourselves and save a little money on all the items we haven’t been buying because they’re “too expensive.”
FOX 61 had a report with the full details, noting that this really only applies to items under $100 and that things like electronics and jewelry aren’t part of the deal.
The state estimates that it will “forgive” about $4.5 million in sales tax during the week, which sure seems like a bad idea given Connecticut’s financial woes and all the layoffs the state has sent down as a result.
What might be even worse is that this week is basically giving all of Connecticut a small taste of what it’s like to live in New Hampshire, which isn’t really all that far away from here and comes with the benefit of no sales tax ever. So don’t be too surprised if, come August 28, you see a hell of a lot of Connecticut license plates racing for the border and a sweeter, tax-free life in the Live Free or Die state.