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Low-income CT families will get $257 benefit per child – NBC Connecticut


More than 15,000 low-income Connecticut families and households will receive a special benefit of just over $257 per child over the weekend, according to the governor’s office.

Gov. Ned Lamont said the Connecticut Department of Social Services will provide a one-time special COVID-19 relief benefit of $257.87 per child to thousands of low-income households on behalf of 27,000 children.

Eligible households include those with children who received benefits through the Temporary Family Assistance Program in May or benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and had no bookable income during that same month.

Benefits will automatically be sent to eligible households on Sunday, August 21, according to the governor’s office.

Most payments will be made to recipients’ electronic benefit transfer cards.

Those currently receiving SNAP or TFA benefits through direct deposit will have their benefits transferred to their bank accounts.

The Department of Social Services sent letters to recipients.

The benefit, the Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund, comes from a $7 million federal grant the Connecticut Department of Social Services received through the American Rescue Plan Act, according to the governor’s office.

Lamont said the state is sending the special benefit to coincide with back-to-school shopping season and the start of Connecticut’s Sales Tax-Free Week, which runs Aug. 21 through Aug. 27.

During this sales tax holiday week, retail purchases of most apparel and footwear priced under $100 are exempt from Connecticut sales and use tax.

What is tax exempt during CT Tax Free Week?

Many items of clothing and types of footwear sold for less than $100 are tax exempt. Here are several examples:

  • old clothes
  • Aprons (kitchen)
  • arm warmers
  • Athletic socks
  • Bandanas
  • Baseball hats
  • Swimming caps
  • Belts, suspenders, belt buckles
  • Cycling sneakers (without studs)
  • blouses
  • chef uniforms
  • Children’s bibs
  • Clerical Vestments and Religious Vestments
  • Diapers (washable or disposable, adult or child)
  • Dresses
  • Earmuffs
  • Employee uniforms (such as police, firefighters, mechanics, nurses, post office)
  • fashion boots
  • Ceremony dresses
  • Ceremonial clothing rental
  • Bad weather equipment
  • Garters
  • Gloves
  • Golf dresses and skirts
  • Golf jackets
  • Golf shirts
  • Graduation caps and gowns
  • Gymnastic suits
  • handkerchiefs
  • Hats, caps
  • jeans
  • Joggers, tracksuits
  • Leggings
  • Leotards, tights
  • Lingerie
  • Nylons, hosiery (support hoses specially designed to facilitate the flow of blood purchased by persons with a medical need for the hose are exempt under Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(19) regardless of their cost.)
  • Tracksuits
  • Shoe covers, rubbers, boots
  • Painter’s trousers
  • Poncho
  • Rain jackets, rain suits, rain gear
  • Rented uniforms
  • Bathrobes
  • Belts
  • Scarves
  • Scout uniforms
  • Shirts
  • Shoelaces
  • Footwear: aerobics, basketball, boating, running (without studs), safety (suitable for everyday use)
  • Ski sweaters, ski jackets
  • Sleepwear (nightgowns, pajamas)
  • slippers
  • Sneakers
  • Socks
  • Square dance clothes
  • Swimwear
  • Tennis clothing (dresses, hats, shorts and skirts)
  • Ties (men and women)
  • Underwear
  • Wedding dresses, headpieces and veils
  • Wigs (custom-made wigs or hairpieces for persons with medically diagnosed total and permanent hair loss as a result of disease or treatment of disease are fully exempt under Conn. Gen. Stat. § 12-412(19)).
  • Work clothes

Taxable clothing and footwear, even if under $100, during tax-free week

  • sports fans
  • Barrettes
  • Boots: fishing, mountaineering, paddock, riding, skiing, firefighter
  • Protective glasses
  • Gloves: athletic, garden, golf, tennis, work, rubber, surgical
  • Hair nets
  • Handbags and Purses
  • Headbands
  • Ice skates
  • Insoles, arch supports
  • Jewelry
  • Lobster flaps
  • martial arts outfit
  • Party costumes
  • potholders
  • Protective aprons
  • Horseriding pants
  • Roller skates
  • Safety clothing items are taxable even if sold for less than $100 during duty free week
  • Protective glasses
  • Shin pads
  • Footwear: Ballet, Bike, Bowling, Spikes, Football, Golf, Track, Jazz, Tap, Lawn
  • shower caps
  • Ski pants
  • Sports helmets
  • sports uniforms
  • Umbrellas
  • thigh high boots
  • Wallets
  • Water ski vests
  • wet suits

The state has posted additional information online about what to know about rebates, coupons, rebates, tax-free weekday rain checks and more.