Duff, Rilling, promote Sales Tax Free Week

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) and Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling speak with the press Thursday in The SoNo Collection.

NORWALK, Conn. — Sales Tax Free Week starts Saturday and it’s a great time to shop in The SoNo Collection, Mayor Harry Rilling and State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) said Thursday.

“We want people to make sure that as they think about back-to-school shopping or just shopping in general that they remember that the state is eliminating sales tax for clothing and footwear over the next week,” Duff said. “We thought it was especially fitting to be here today at The SoNo Collection… to remind people again that to come in and shop, shop for back to school, shop for yourself, shop for family members. This is a great time to come out here and to shop because for many retailers, not only is it sales tax free week, but in addition to that, they’ll also put more sales on top of it.”

Statewide, shoppers save an average of $5 million to $6 million a year during the annual discount event, Duff said. Put another way, that’s a $5-6 million revenue loss.

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) speaks with the press Thursday in The SoNo Collection.

But, “It’s a real shot in the arm to families this year. And it’s a real shot in the arm for many of the retailers,” Duff said. “…This tends to be one of the slowest shopping times of the year. Because everybody, you know, it’s hot outside, people are on vacation, they may want to be at the beach. But this is a draw to bring people in.”

It’s “absolutely” one of the slowest times of the year, a “doldrum,” mall General Manager Matt Seebeck agreed. “We’re excited to have this type of week, usher in the back to school shopping season. It really helps bridge a transition to bring people back in who are returning from vacation or participating elsewhere.”

“During this one-week sales tax holiday, retail purchases of most clothing and footwear items priced under $100 are exempt from the Connecticut sales and use tax. The exemption during Sales Tax Free Week applies to each eligible item costing under $100, regardless of how many of those items are sold to a customer on the same invoice,” a news release from the Governor’s Office explains. “Connecticut’s Sales Tax Free Week was included as part of the biennial state budget that Governor Lamont signed into law this summer.

The Department of Revenue Services website offers specific information on Sales Tax Free Week, including a listing of individual items that are exempt or taxable, here.

“Go out there shop, support the small businesses, come down to The SoNo Collection, and save some money and buy the things that you need to get your children back to school and other kinds of things you might need,” Rilling said.

Not only do you save on the 6.35% sales tax, but there are likely sales offered by the retailers, Duff said.

“We’ve just gone through a terrible time and people lost their jobs,” Rilling said. “This is money that they can put back in their pocket. This is money that they can help support our local businesses as Senator Duff mentioned. So, it’s really a good thing for the state of Connecticut. And I don’t know if there’s any other states around that do something like this, but really shows that how Connecticut leads the way in doing these kinds of things, and looking out for people.”



Skip Hagerty August 13, 2021 at 6:48 am

Bob Duff takes credit for the statewide tax holiday. Wouldn’t have expected anything less.
And, he wears a mask when he isn’t speaking and takes it off when he is. Makes total sense.

John O'Neill August 13, 2021 at 8:22 am

We should understand this Sales Tax week is a gimmick subsidized by over taxing during the other 51 weeks of the year? Duff and Rilling talk about what a tough year it’s been? – Not if you’re a State Union worker who received a 6 percent raise on the backs of those who took pay cuts or lost their jobs. It always baffles me that Duff and politicians like him consider the electorate ignorant.
On a side note I’m still waiting to be educated by Duff’s mentor on why the Mayor in 2003 was not responsible for the albatross some now call the Oak Hills Restaurant

Bryan Meek August 13, 2021 at 8:49 am

Thank God this was done on Thursday without masks as opposed to today since you can only get Covid inside without a mask starting today.

Bryan Meek August 13, 2021 at 8:51 am

“Go out there and help the small businesses” said against the backdrop of corporate brands and interests that pay a fraction of the business property taxes that the rest of us get to pay 100%. I wonder how many will be running down to Nordstroms to buy a $400 pair of jeans tax free.

john flynn August 13, 2021 at 10:18 am

Duff and Rilling ignore the shooting at the the Danbury mall yesterday and the outstanding tax bill at the mall built on a contaminated lot. The shoes at Neiman Marcus cost $1,000. They are not tax exempt.

John Metsopoulos August 14, 2021 at 8:08 pm

So sad, mom and pops whoes dollars and taxes stay local could have used the atention and publicity, instead they chose Bloomingdales. Local stores need the exposure, especially because of covi. Many local stores are going bankrupt, bot bloomies gets the exposure.

Tysen Canevari August 15, 2021 at 8:32 am

They should have the New Canaan and Darien first selectman there. Their constituents are the ones that shop in the mall because they can afford it. But wait, no mask required in those towns.

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