Assemblyman Michael Cusick announced today that legislation he sponsors has passed the Assembly. The bill he authored, A.835-A would exempt the purchase of military service flags, prisoner of war flags and blue star banners from the imposition of sales tax.
Currently, the flags of the United States of America and the State of New York are exempt from sales and use tax. This same status should be extended to military service flags, POW flags and blue star banners – which denote that a son or daughter is serving.
“At this time in our Country with so many men and women serving in active duty, the purchase of these flags should not be subjected to sales tax. Those who serve, their family members and friends and any United States resident should be able to proudly display these flags without having to pay tax on top of the purchase price,” explained Cusick.
A member of the Assembly’s Veterans’ Affairs committee since 2003, Cusick has shown immense dedication to the well-being of veterans and their families. He has introduced an array of legislation which benefits veterans, many of which have become law.
The bill is sponsored in the Senate (S.1007-A) by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-Suffolk).