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Department of Taxation and Finance

Back to School Shopping Reminder Now Available in Multiple Languages Together with local exemptions, New York shoppers save more than $1 billion annually

For Release: Immediate,

For press inquiries only, contact: James Gazzale, 518-457-7377


The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded parents and college students that qualifying clothing and footwear purchases are exempt from New York sales tax year-round. While many states offer "sales tax holidays" leading up to the school year, New York has a constant exemption from the State's 4% sales tax on items of clothing and footwear sold for less than $110.

Course textbooks purchased by college students are also exempt from New York State and local sales and use taxes. This exemption is also available throughout the year.

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