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Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, D-New York, is pictured speaking at a recent press conference. Photo submitted

State Senator George Borrello isn’t the only state lawmaker wanting to cut the sales tax on back-to-school supplies.

Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, D-New York City, introduced legislation (A.10712) to establish a sales tax exemption for school supplies purchased between the fourth Thursday in August and the first Monday in September of each year. Zebrowski’s proposed exemption would apply to computers with a sale price of less than $3,000, art supplies, including but not limited to clay, paints, brushes and drawing pads; and supplies normally used in a classroom, including but not limited to backpacks, binders, book bags, calculators under $300, pencils, erasers, folders , glue, highlighters, lunch boxes, markers, notebooks, paper, pencils, pens, rulers, scissors and writing instruments.

“At the start of each school year, parents are required to buy a long list of products to prepare their children for the new year,” Zebrowski wrote in his legislative memorandum. “Across the country, states have enacted tax exemptions to reduce the burden of this annual expense, but New York has no such exemption. With commodity prices rising, this bill will provide much-needed relief. to families.

Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, recently introduced S.9541 to increase the tax exemption from $110 to $250. Currently, clothing and footwear sold for less than $110 per item or pair and items used to make or repair clothing are exempt from New York State’s 4% sales and use tax. The exemption does not apply to local sales and use taxes, unless the county or city imposing the tax decides to grant the exemption.

Chautauqua County is one of the counties that also exempts qualifying clothing and footwear costing less than $110. Cattaraugus County and the cities of Olean and Salamanca collect their 4% sales tax on clothing and footwear sold for less than $110.

“The current clothing and footwear tax exemption has not been adjusted since 1998, almost 25 years ago, when it was set at $110,” Borrello wrote in his legislative justification. “Due to the increased cost of producing these items, as well as the recent spike in inflation, this figure should be adjusted to $250 to help our businesses and encourage purchases of these products here in the New York State There is currently no tax on clothing or footwear in Pennsylvania, which puts our business and our residents at a significant disadvantage.

According to The Associated Press, a basket of about a dozen supply items posted an average price increase of almost 15% this back to school compared to a year ago, according to the company. DataWeave detail analysis. The price of backpacks has increased by nearly 12% to an average of $70, for example.

The AP also reported that Mastercard SpendingPulse, which tracks spending on all payment methods including cash, projects back-to-school spending will rise 7.5% from July 14 to September 5 compared to the period the previous year when sales increased by 11%. For the 2020 back-to-school period, sales fell 0.8% as the pandemic wreaked havoc on school reopening plans and back-to-school shopping.

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