NEW YORK, NY — Ahead of the annual Black Friday shopping frenzy, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded holiday shoppers and retailers that clothing and footwear items sold for less than $110 are exempt from New York State’s 4% sales tax. Several counties exempt these items from local sales tax as well. These state and local exemptions will put more than $300 million into shoppers’ stockings this holiday season, adding to any deep sales discounts.
“On Black Friday, New York State helps deliver more purchasing power to consumers on the lookout for bargains,” said Acting Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Nonie Manion. “Our sales tax exemption on clothing and footwear items enhances holiday deals, keeping more money in consumers’ pockets.”
Shoppers statewide who make qualifying purchases don’t have to pay the 4% state sales tax.
Chautauqua, Chenango, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Hamilton, Tioga, and Wayne Counties, as well as New York City, exempt clothing and footwear purchases under $110 from their local sales taxes.
This means an exemption for shoppers of nearly 9% in New York City and 8% in the eight participating counties. Even in counties that don’t offer the exemption, qualifying purchases will still be exempt from the 4% state sales tax, though the local sales tax (ranging from 3% to 4 7/8%) will be in effect.
The state exemption alone translates into nearly $900 million annually. The combined amount from the state and local sales tax exemptions is well over $1 billion annually.
Serious savings for shoppers
For example, a Queens parent, shopping for her two children in New York City, purchases two pairs of boots at $100 each, two shirts at $65 each, and two pairs of pants at $75 for a total of $480. The combined amount from state and local sales tax exemptions on her purchase is $42.
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