State sales tax exemption expanded for clothing/footwear purchases


Starts this Sunday, April 1

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced clothing and footwear items sold for less than $110 will be exempt from the four percent State sales tax starting on Sunday, April 1, 2012.  Currently, the exemption only applies to items sold for less than $55.

“This expanded State sales tax exemption will help relieve the tax burden at the cash register for all New Yorkers, saving a total of $220 million,” said Ranzenhofer.  “Now, families and residents will notice a few extra dollars being returned to their pockets the next time they go to the store for clothes or shoes.”

The total sales tax on clothing and footwear items sold for less than $110 will be 4 ¾ percent in Erie county and four percent in Genesee county after the expanded exemption goes into effect. 

The 2010-11 State Budget completely eliminated the State sales tax exemption.  Senator Ranzenhofer opposed the elimination.  The sales tax increase took effect on October 1, 2010, until April 1 of last year, when the current exemption for items sold for less than $55 was reinstated.