New York – Senator Proposes Week Long Sales Tax Holiday For Back-To-School Shopping

State Senator Pam Helming yesterday (August 27) proposed legislation in Albany that would make school supplies tax-exempt for one week each year, beginning the Tuesday before Labor Day.

The so-called “Back to School Sales Tax Holiday” would include not only traditional school supplies, but emerging necessities like computer hardware and software.

Currently, New York provides for a sales tax exemption on clothing and footwear purchases under $110.

Additional items that would be covered by this new legislation include, but are not limited to, book bags or backpacks, books, computer hardware and software, pens, pencils, highlighters crayons, markers, erasers, index cards, paper, notebooks, binders, folders, scissors, rulers and calculators.

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August 28, 2019