Feedback: Sales Tax Exemption On Clothing, Footwear Returns April 1


By Jude Seymour

New Yorkers will pay zero state sales tax on clothing and footwear items under $55, starting on April 1.

Shoppers have been paying full 4 percent state sales tax on all apparel purchases since Oct. 1 because a cash-strapped Legislature needed ways to close a near $10 billion budget gap.

The state's prior exemption applied to sales tax on clothing and footwear items under $110, a threshold that will be reinstated on April 1, 2012.

Morris Peters, a Division of Budget spokesman, said the state projects it will collect an additional $330 million for removing the exemption from October to April. He said the state projects an additional $210 million for creating a $55 threshold between this April and next April instead of the usual $110 level.

The Legislature's actions do not effect any county sales tax collections on the same items. Those percentages - 3 in St. Lawrence and 3.75 in Jefferson and Lewis counties - remain in effect. (This link opens a PDF file.)

It's been an on-again, off-again proposition for state sales tax on these items. It was removed in March 2000, only to return by June 2003 - with the exception of two-week "tax holidays" around Martin Luther King Day and Labor Day. In 2006, the year-round exemption at $110 returned.

(h/t Syracuse Post Standard)

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