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Duff To Kick Off Tax-Free Sales Week

DARIEN, Conn. – Parents get ready. Tax-free sales week in Connecticut gets under way Sunday, and there will be a special event Friday in Darien to kick it off.

State Sen. Bob Duff, a Democrat who represents Norwalk and Darien, will be at the Helen Ainson store, 1078 Boston Post Road, Darien, at noon Friday to help launch the sales-tax free week, which continues through Saturday, Aug. 27.

Darien Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carol Wilder-Tamme will join Duff. Both will talk about the importance of sales-tax free week for local business and to consumers, who will save an estimated $4.2 million in state sales taxes on clothing and footwear costing less than $300 per item.

Business leaders and merchants across the state say the tax-free week will be a major boost for businesses and present cost-savings for families shopping for their children's return to school.

"You better believe we'll be shopping for new clothes with the tax break next week," said Linda Oliver of Darien, mother of three school-age children who was walking along Boston Post Road on Thursday afternoon.

"It may not seem like a lot of money, but when you have three kids it can add up fast," she said. "Anybody who doesn't take advantage of it is crazy."

Do you plan to shop during the tax-free week for your children's return to school? Let us know in a comment below.

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