Bristol, Conn. (WTNH) -- If you have back to school shopping you'll be happy to hear that the annual sales tax free week is back.
Norm Ginsburg's family has run Insane Irving's clothing store in Bristol since the 1930's, and they've always tried to keep their prices competitive.
However, Ginsburg and every other clothing retailer, large and small, got socked last year, along with consumers, because Governor Malloy's budget eliminated the $50 sales tax clothing exemption that had been on the books for years, raising prices for everyone.
So he was glad to hear that the once a year sales tax free week had not been eliminated because it always generates business.
"There's definitely an increase in business, yeah, you can definitely see people are more, much more motivated to shop," Ginsburg said.
It's a full seven day event that starts this Sunday.
Tax free week was originally started to help with back to school shopping, but adult stuff is tax free too.
And most merchants run special sales to make the week even more attractive for shoppers.
"Good workwear, quality workwear, you can get a pair of boots that are like 100 to 200 dollars and save 12 to 15 dollars...so it's a definite benefit," Ginsburg said.
And the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association, representing 1,000 stores in Connecticut, sees it as a win-win for consumers and the stores.
"They may get other sales, there may be a dynamic affect, which we think because they come in to buy one thing that's not taxable, they might buy something else that is taxable," said Tim Phelan, CT Retail Merchants Association.
That's because expensive clothing and shoes, over $300, are still subject to the tax.
Governor Malloy tried on a pair of boots there Friday as part of his effort to help promote the tax free week to the public.
"Although, we estimate that this can cost seven million dollars in revenue, we want everybody to be aware of it and if that ends up costing us 8 or 9...so be it," said Governor Malloy.
Starting next July, the year-round sales tax exemption for clothing under $25 goes back on the books. The $50 exemption is scheduled to return in July of 2015.
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