senate Bill S533

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes a tax free time period for storm related products for the month of September

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to investigations and government operations
Jan 09, 2013 referred to investigations and government operations

S533 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง1115, Tax L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3105A
2009-2010: S2441

S533 - Bill Texts

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Establishes a tax free time period for storm related products for the month of September.

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BILL NUMBER:S533

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the tax law, in relation to establishing a tax free time period
for storm related products for the month of September

PURPOSE:
To provide a "tax free" week allowing residents to purchase certain
"storm related" products free of State of New York tax.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Section 1115 of the tax law is amended by adding a new
subdivision (ii) to exempt named storm related products from taxes
imposed by this article.

Section 2. Lists the products to be included under this article.

EXISTING LAW:
Under current laws, these products are subject to New York State
sales tax.

JUSTIFICATION:
The State of Florida currently has in place an annual two week "sales
tax holiday for hurricane preparedness" which allows a sales tax
exemption on identified hurricane preparedness items purchased during
this time. As this is just before the start of their annual hurricane
season, this has proven to be an excellent opportunity to get
citizens properly equipped and to promote emergency preparedness in
the home.

Similarly, enactment of a tax free week for storm related materials
would give New Yorkers the opportunity to purchase the items they
need to deal with winter storms.

Unexpected storms, such as the "October Surprise" which struck
western New York in October 2006 took residents by surprise. The
storm left homes without power for extended periods and created
hardships that caused many too hastily purchase emergency supplies
such as lanterns batteries, coolers and gasoline operated generators.

Enactment of this measure would not only provide the sales tax
upcoming winter storm a so raise the awareness of residents as to the
season.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2007-08: S.6629 Referred to Investigations & Government Operations
2009-10: S.2441/A.8818 Referred to Investigations & Government Operations
2011-12: S.3105/A.3356 Referred to Investigations & Government Operations

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to localities unless they agree to drop local sales tax share.


EFFECTIVE DATE:
180 days after it shall have become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   533

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
  ment Operations

AN ACT to amend the tax law, in relation to establishing a tax free time
  period for storm related products for the month of September

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Section  1115  of  the tax law is amended by adding a new
subdivision (ii) to read as follows:
  (II) (1) RECEIPTS FROM THE RETAIL SALE OF STORM RELATED PRODUCTS SHALL
BE EXEMPT FROM TAXES IMPOSED BY THIS ARTICLE FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER.
  (2) STORM RELATED PRODUCTS SHALL INCLUDE SNOWBLOWERS,  ELECTRIC  SHOV-
ELS,  SHOVELS,  ROOF  RAKES, ICE CHOPPERS, ROCK SALT OR CALCIUM CHLORIDE
PELLETS, GENERATORS, EXTENSION CORDS, POWER  STRIPS,  PORTABLE  ELECTRIC
HEATERS,  PORTABLE  BATTERY  OR  SELF  OPERATED  RADIOS, BATTERY OR SELF
POWERED FLASHLIGHTS, BATTERY OR SELF  POWERED  LANTERNS,  PORTABLE  SELF
POWERED LIGHT SOURCES SUCH AS CHEMLIGHTS AND LIGHT STICKS, FUEL CONTAIN-
ERS,  BATTERIES,  POWER  INVERTERS, BATTERY OR SELF POWERED WEATHER BAND
RADIOS, CELL PHONE CHARGERS, CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS, SMOKE DETECTORS,
AUXILIARY SUMP PUMPS AND FIRE EXTINGUISHERS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02416-01-3

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