‘Sales Tax Holiday’ Reminder

January 13, 2004

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger today issued a reminder to consumers about the sales tax holiday scheduled for the end of this month.

"New York State and many local governments are once again removing sales tax on clothing and footwear costing up to $110 per item for the week that runs from January 26 through February 1," said Schimminger. "I want to remind consumers of the opportunity to save a few dollars on purchases made during that time period.

"We hope the sales tax holiday will help spur retail sales during a historically slow time of year and give consumers a welcome break. The sales tax holidays we’ve implemented in the past have been highly successful," explained Schimminger, who chairs the Assembly Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry.

Local governments were given the option of removing their local sales tax on eligible clothing and footwear during the sales tax holiday as well. Forty-nine of the state’s sixty-two counties will take part in the sales-tax-free week. Locally, Erie County opted to drop its local share of the sales tax making sales fully tax-free, but Niagara County did not.