New York makes diapers fully tax exempt as Hochul touts $70 million in federal child-care cash

Denis Slattery

July 25, 2022

Originally published in New York Daily News on July 25, 2022.

Caring for infants and the elderly just got a little easier on the wallet in the Empire State.

Gov. Hochul held a ceremonial signing Monday for a new law exempting diapers from all local sales and use taxes in New York as she touted a $70 million influx of federal funds for child care.

Diapers, already exempt from the state’s 4% sales tax, will no longer be subject to local taxes when the law goes into effect next year.


“Diapers are often the largest expense for parents and caretakers across the state,” said bill sponsor Sen. Jamaal Bailey (D-Bronx, Westchester). “Today’s investment is a huge step in the right direction and will help families in the Bronx and across New York State afford their essential child-care needs.”