New York State Expands Clothing and Footwear Sales Tax Exemption


shoesNew York State lawmakers have granted some much-needed tax relief for hardworking families. Beginning April 1, any clothing, footwear or other related items sold for less than $110 will be exempt from the state’s 4 percent sales tax. The qualifying amount for the exemption has doubled since last year, when it applied only to apparel at or below $55.

While the economy is slowly regaining its strength, working- and middle-class families are still getting back on their feet. The sales tax cut will provide much-needed help with clothing and footwear expenses.

For local businesses, this exemption couldn’t come at a better time. An influx of customers, including shoppers from neighboring states like New Jersey and Pennsylvania that come to New York to enjoy the tax-free break will provide a boost to the local economy. The exemption will apply to all relevant items purchased in person, over the Internet, by phone or mail.

For more information on the sales tax exemption, visit the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance website atĀ

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