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New York City Sales Tax for Shoppers

Shop confidently with our Guide to New York City Sales Tax


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Shoppers in New York City should know that most prices don't include sales tax. Purchases made in New York City are subject to both New York City (4.5%) and New York State (4.375%) sales tax. Combined, most purchases are subject to a 8.875% sales tax.

Items excluded from sales tax:

  • Clothing & shoes under $55
  • Clothing & shoes under $110 are exempt from New York State and NYC tax (but still subject to 4.375% NY State tax)
  • food items purchased at grocery stores (though prepared foods are taxed)
  • prescription drugs

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