Tax relief kicks in on clothes, footwear up to $110

NEW YORK - New York residents will get a reprieve beginning today on the four percent sales tax for clothing and footwear if they buy items costing less than $110.

?I think it?s an incentive to spend more and buy nice things and every little bit helps,? says MaryAnn Alcuri, of Island Park, who was shopping at the Roosevelt Field mall.

The tax exemption is part of the state's $132.5 billion budget, which was negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Senate Republican and Assembly Democratic majorities. It increases spending by 1.9 percent and addresses a nearly $2 billion deficit.

A sales tax exemption had originally been put in place a few years back, but the state lifted it in October 2010 to raise revenue for the faltering economy.

Still for some, such as Florence Geber, a four-percent exemption is not enough.

?It should be more in my opinion - they always jack up the price,? says Geber, of Bellmore.

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