NY Senator Proposes Week-Long Sales Tax Holiday For Back-To-School Shopping

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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.

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

“Back to school shopping used to mean buying notebooks, erasers, and perhaps a new pair of shoes. Today, it often means purchasing software, computers, calculators, and other electronics students use everyday to complete their school work. Many states across the country offer sales tax holidays just in time for back to school shopping. This is a terrific way to cut down on costs for educators and families and to help local businesses.” -Senator Helming

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.

Currently 16 U.S. states hold similar week-long sales tax holidays for school supply shopping.

Helming represents New York’s 54th Senate District 54, which includes Seneca and Wayne counties, along with parts of Cayuga, Tompkins, Monroe, and Ontario counties.

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