Just before the start of the new school year, the sales tax on most clothing and footwear in Connecticut goes on vacation.

Connecticut's 11th annual tax-free shopping week starts Sunday and runs through Saturday, Aug. 27.

The state sales tax -- recently boosted to 6.3 percent -- will be forgiven on clothes and shoes priced under $300.

The state Department of Revenue Services, however, says clothing and footwear primarily for athletic or protective use, as well as accessories and jewelry, will not qualify for the exemption.

The tax holiday will likely cost the state as much as $7.2 million in lost revenue, state tax officials estimate.