At a time when many parents are shopping for back-to-school clothes and adults are seeking bargains as well – State Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) today announced the upcoming “Sales Tax-Free Week” in Connecticut at the store with President Carol Wilder-Tamme.
Senator Duff, Darien First Selectwoman Jayme Stevenson, Darien Selectman/Chamber Ex. Board Member John Lundeen , Chamber Ex. Board Member Kaye Leong, Ms. Wilder-Tamme and many local business owners were at the upscale women’s shop to bring attention to Connecticut’s annual sales tax-free week, which begins this Sunday, August 19 and concludes next Saturday, August 25.
During the week, shoppers do not pay the 6.35-percent state sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $300 per item.
Dick Kelsey, a SCORE counselor and Vice Chairman of the Darien Chamber Board said, “The Darien Town Wide Gift Certificate program run by the Chamber was founded on the goal of supporting local businesses all year long.
Next week offers an opportunity for residents to realize additional benefits while enjoying Darien’s unique shopping experience and supporting home town businesses."
“Much of the appeal of our wonderful town comes from the diversity of local shops and restaurants. The sense of pride shop owners feel about their businesses and about in Darien in general creates a great sense of community”, said First Selectwoman Jayme Stevenson. “When you have a choice, please shop and dine right here in Darien.”
“Our economy is obviously not yet back to full-strength, either in Connecticut, across the nation or around the globe,” Sen. Duff said. “I know sales-tax free week has become something of a tradition here in Connecticut, but giving people a break in this economy is even more important. And it’s not only a boon for consumers, it’s good for local businesses, too. That’s one of the reasons why I have fought for the past several years to retain these tax-free weeks.”
The timing is excellent for “back to school shopping” and many shops in Darien are hoping the surrounding community takes advantage of this opportunity. Saving 6.35 percent is great at one store, and it adds up even more at the next!
For more information, visit the Department of Revenue Services website at http://www.ct.gov/drs/.