NY Clothing Sales Tax Exemeption Starts Friday

In today’s economy, many more families are struggling to buy basic clothing and shoes for their everyday needs. Beginning April 1st, the State of New York will once again exempt clothing and shoes from New York State sales tax. I fought hard to re-establish this exemption, and am very pleased it has been reinstated. This sales tax exemption will apply to items that cost under $ 55.00 and will remain in effect until April 1st of 2012, when the exemption will be raised to $ 110.00.Last year, over my opposition, the sales tax exemption was eliminated by a Governor and Legislature dominated and controlled by New York City. Their actions were nothing more than a means to pay for an unjustifiable $ 14 billion increase in State spending. It was completely irresponsible for these legislators to eliminate a critical tax break that keeps basic items affordable for families, helps retailers attract business and create jobs, and brings in visitors from out of State to spend money in New York.Our families and taxpayers deserve better, and I am pleased that we were able to restore these critical sales tax exemptions.For more information on the sales tax exemption, you can read about it here on the State Tax Department website.Sincerely,Mike NozzolioSenator, 54th District

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