January 10, 2023
Clothing purchases under $110 are exempt from county sales tax
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Monroe County Chief Executive Adam Bello said at tonight’s Monroe County Legislative meeting that Monroe County residents will save money on essentials, eligible seniors, people with disabilities and people with limited income. We have submitted some urgent matters that will help significantly expand a person’s property tax exemption eligibility.
“Clothes are as important as food. With record inflation, residents need relief from the high cost of basic necessities such as clothing, shoes, glasses, coats and hats. We will no longer charge sales tax on clothing items up to $1. Monroe County Administrator Bello said:“We are also increasing income eligibility for the most vulnerable residents, including those aged 65 and over, as well as those with disabilities and limited income who often struggle to stay home. The Monroe County Council is grateful for working with the administration to reduce costs for residents during a difficult economic time.”
The proposed sales tax exemption would eliminate the county’s 4% sales tax on clothing and footwear sold for less than $110 per item or pair. These items are already exempt from New York State’s 4% sales and use tax, and counties may elect to implement the same exemption on March 1st of each year. Eliminating the county’s sales tax on clothing is estimated to save shoppers $12 million annually and help local retailers attract more customers. Sales tax exemption applies to purchases made at local stores in Monroe County and online.
Two separate proposals will improve income eligibility for property tax exemptions granted to persons age 65 and older and those with limited income who are disabled. Currently, the eligible income level for those 65 and older is $29,000 to $37,400 annually, with a 45% reduction at $29,000 and a gradual reduction in the exemption for incomes above $29,000 and below $37,400.
For individuals with disabilities and limited income, current income levels eligible for the property tax relief are between $26,000 and $34,400 per year, a 45% reduction to $26,000, and over $26,000 to $34,400. The exemption is gradually reduced for incomes below.
For both seniors and people with limited incomes who are disabled, the new limit will reduce property taxes by 50% for those with incomes up to $50,000 and for those with incomes above $50,000 and below $58,400. exemption will be reduced in stages.
The county estimates that the number of residents who can take advantage of these significant savings will increase by at least 11%. County residents seeking a property tax exemption must apply for the exemption by March 1, 2023 and must reapply each year. City of Rochester residents must apply by February 1, 2023 and must reapply each year.
“I represent a district with many working class and low income households”, Congress Speaker Sabrina Lamar said. “The sales tax is one of the most regressive forms of taxation because it places a greater burden on people with limited resources. Property taxes are also regressive. I am proud to work with County Administrator Bello and my colleagues on Congress in announcing tax breaks that will provide immediate relief for families, especially seniors, people with disabilities, and those on the lowest socioeconomic spectrum. .”
“As Republicans in Congress, we are always proud to keep more money in the pockets of our families and taxpayers.Today’s announcement of one new tax cut and two expanded tax cuts is a great opportunity for everyone. A direct impact on everyday wallets.Members of this community Majority Leader Steve Brew said“In this trying time of high costs and inflation, we want families to save their hard-earned dollars on basic necessities such as clothing, cut taxes for the elderly who built this community, and help people with disabilities. Republicans are proud to unanimously co-sponsor all three of these important actions.”
“These important laws will provide much-needed relief to many families, including the most vulnerable citizens. Making essentials like the ‘shirt on the back’ more affordable for all families in Monroe County. Being able to offer in is one of the many reasons I have. I chose public service.” Monroe County Council Minority Leader Iversia Roman said: “In addition, many Monroe County residents are struggling with the current economic situation and it is our job to address the challenges presented. Giving relief to those with fixed incomes, including seniors and those with disabilities I am proud to support this series of bills and urge my colleagues to do the same. I ask.”
“Eliminating the sales tax on clothing and shoes under $110 would be a huge boon for working families. Eliminating a regressive tax that disproportionately impacts low-income households would allow thousands of people to access basic basics. It helps us put our needs within reach.” Monroe County Rep. Albert Brankley said:“I would like to thank my county administrators and colleagues on the legislature for their diligence in advancing this important relief effort for the people of Monroe County.”
The sales tax and property tax relief plan is set to be voted on tonight at the Monroe County Legislative Assembly.