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The New Sales and Use Taxes in Connecticut

How are the changes that took effect on July 1 affecting you?

Debbie’s Daily Dose of Food for Thought

"Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society." –Franklin D. Roosevelt

President Roosevelt may be right, but it is still difficult to get used to higher taxes. I visited the State of Connecticut Department of Revenue Services website to read and have a better understanding of the new laws. Here is an overview of the recent changes that took place on .

Sales Tax

Connecticut’s sales tax has been raised from 6 percent to 6.35 percent. Also, clothing and footwear costing under $50 are now taxable, as are non-prescriptions drugs, products to help you stop smoking, and cloth, fabric and yarn for non-commercial use.

Use Taxes

The room occupancy tax for hotel rooms has changed from 12 percent to 15 percent. Car rentals tax rates have been raised from 6 percent to 9.35 percent for passenger vehicles rented for less than 30 days and “luxury” items will now be charged 7 percent tax. For more details about this, click here.

New Taxable Services

Many services are now taxable. A few of them include yoga classes held at a studio, valet parking at airports, pet grooming and boarding, and spa and manicure services. To view the entire list, click here and scroll down to the “New Taxable Services” section.

Sales Tax Free Week

Lucky for us, the “Sales Tax Holiday” week will still take place this year! Clothing and footwear costing less than $300 will be tax exempt from Sunday, Aug. 21 through Saturday, Aug. 27. It might be a good idea to do your back-to-school and fall shopping during this time.

Kim Jung July 28, 2011 at 09:19 AM
I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://BuzzSave.com
Lori Fogler Nicholson July 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM
Killing the goose that laid the golden egg. Paid sick days...higher taxes across the board, the highest gas prices in the nation and higest gas taxes, more liberal than California a state that has bankrupted itself.Good God how are we to believe that Connecticut is open for business?
SolarPete July 28, 2011 at 12:43 PM
Wait till they tax u for breathing
SolarPete July 28, 2011 at 12:51 PM
Love Ct to have a death tax, retarted tax, electric tax, and even a relax tax on concerts halls. What will be next a marriage tax and child tax
chip July 29, 2011 at 12:49 AM
But certainly we can all sgree that the government can spend our tax money on our behalf much better than we could ever do it. I, for one, am grateful that they take care of all those horrible details. If I kept more of my money, I would simply waste it on food, shelter and education.
SolarPete July 29, 2011 at 04:18 AM
So I guess u r on that peanut butter and jelly diet how is that working for u

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