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