Sales Tax-Free Weekend: What you need to know

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(WWLP) – You’ve seen the ads for weeks, promoting the state’s sales tax holiday weekend. During that time, consumers can save by not having to pay the state’s 6.25% sales tax on a variety of products. Not everything is exempt from taxes, however. Here’s a look at what you need to know before you get ready to make tax-free purchases:

What may be purchased tax-free:

  • Any item that is normally subject to sales tax, with some exceptions listed below

What cannot be purchased tax-free:

  • Cars
  • Boats
  • Meals
  • Layaway purchases
  • Any item costing more than $2,500

How about purchases over $2,500?

  • Anything you buy over $2,500 in cost will be taxed for the full value of the item (not just the remaining value over $2,500).
  • The only exception is clothing, which is normally taxed once it exceeds $175 in value. During the tax-free weekend, any single item of clothing that costs more than $2,500 is still subject to tax, less $175 in the value of the item.

What if I buy online?

  • As long as your purchase meets the above guidelines, you can buy tax-free over the Internet during the sales tax holiday. In order to avoid paying sales tax, the order and payment must be made on August 16 or 17. Delivery may not be made until well after the end of the sales tax-free weekend.

What if I have to order my item?

  • If you are buying something that must be ordered (such as furniture or carpeting), you may do so tax-free, provided your purchase meets the eligibility guidelines, and that the item is paid in full on August 16 or 17. Delivery may not be made until well after the end of the sales tax-free weekend.

What if I need to take a rain check?

  • If you already had taken a rain check on an item you tried to purchase before tax-free weekend, you may buy the item tax-free on August 16 and 17.
  • If you need to take a rain check on an item unavailable during tax-free weekend, you will not be able to buy it tax-free if you purchase it on a later date when it’s available.

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