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Once upon a time, in an effort to compete with New Jersey retail, New York City had no sales tax on clothing and shoes under $110. After the recession hit, however, the 4% state sales tax and the 0.375% Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District were added back on. Beginning April 1st, both those taxes will be dropped again, meaning any spring dresses or sandals you want to buy yourself this weekend under $110 will be tax free.
While most of us will be glad to save a few bucks on inexpensive clothes, not all retailers thinks it a big whoop. Ovra president Elliot Aizer told Footwear News: "[Customers] buying Merrell or something at $55 to $110, don't care about the $2 or $3 in taxes," said Aizer. "A $120 Dansko is when it matters." Hey, Aizer, it adds up—especially for those of us who aren't presidents of companies.
· New Yorkers Get Footwear Tax Break [Footwear News]