NEW IN CT: Nonprescription medications now have no sales tax

Nonprescription drugs and medications now are exempt from sales taxes in Connecticut, effective April 1.

Some examples of nonprescription items that are now sales-tax-free include vitamins; antihistamines; cough, cold, asthma and allergy medicines; pain relievers; antacids, and other similar medications.

Prescription medications already were exempt from the state sales taxes, which is 6.35%.

Should boost preventive care

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the change “will mean lower costs for consumers while ultimately leading to a better public health outcome for all.

"Preventative care is a necessity, and by eliminating these sales taxes, we are helping our residents save some money, stay healthy, and improve quality of life," he said.

According to a press release from the governor’s office, Malloy introduced the legislation last year that exempts nonprescription drugs and medications from the sales tax.

The state Department of Revenue Services has created a document to provide guidance on the types of produces included in the newly enacted exemption. Click below to read that document: