Shop Tax Free in New York City

Brief: Every week is tax-free shopping week in New York City.
Now, every week is tax-free shopping week in New York City. In the past, New Yorkers had to wait for special tax-free shopping weeks twice a year to avoid paying city or state sales tax on clothing and footwear items under $110.

Then, in September of 2005, New York City permanently eliminated the city sales tax of 4% on clothing and footwear purchases under $110. In April of 2006, the state of New York followed suit and repealed its portion of the sales tax on these items. The result is that the five boroughs of New York City are the only counties in the state of New York that charge no sales tax on these purchases.

NYC Tax Free Shopping Tips

What items are exempt from sales tax?
All clothing and footwear, clothing material (fabric, thread, buttons, etc.), hats and neckwear (ties and scarves), formalwear (purchased), and diapers (including disposable diapers).

What items are not exempt from sales tax?
Jewelry and watches, handbags, umbrellas, rented formalwear, sports equipment (pads, helmets, etc.), pet or doll clothes.

Shop 'Til You Drop, NYC-Style

Don't forget to check out the following New York stores for bargains under $110:

Macy's Herald Square: The world's largest department store, Macy's has ten floors and half a million items for sale. You're sure to find something that looks fabulous on you.

Bloomingdale's: Bloomie's is another shopping hot spot. Designer clothes, a fully-stocked shoe salon. There's always a sale going on somewhere.

Lord & Taylor: This famous department store has seasonal sales that can save you a bundle.

Century 21: With deep discounts of 25% to 75%, you can find major steals on designer names like Armani.

Loehmann's: Loehmann's always has bargains on designer apparel. New York magazine calls it 'the mecca of off-price shopping.'
  Source:About.com

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