Connecticut's tax-free week Aug. 16-22

David Cadden

David Cadden, professor emeritus in the School of Business at Quinnipiac University, is available to comment on the state's 15th annual sales tax-free week, which will run from Aug. 16-22.

"The concept of a sales tax-free week was initiated by New York State in 1996," Cadden said. "Since then it has been adopted by 17 states. Generally the sales tax-free period occurs in August and is limited to several particular items. In most cases, the items include clothing costing less than $100, computers and school supplies. However in some states, there are additional items that are on the list to be excluded from sales tax. Maryland has included items that have been designated as energy savers. States like Louisiana and Texas also include items that are related to hurricane disaster preparedness. Louisiana's also includes ammunition, hunting equipment and firearms. The concept of a sales tax-free week is a win-win scenario for both citizens and the state. Although the state loses some revenue, it should earn gratitude from the citizens who also save money on acquiring items that they will probably need for the start of the school year."

If you're interested in speaking to Cadden, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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