Monroe County sales tax break now in effect

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Clothing and shoes cost a little less now in Monroe County.

That’s because the county’s sales tax break is now in effect. It eliminates the 4% local sales tax on clothing and shoe purchases under $110. The tax break was approved unanimously by the county legislature in January.

“Basic necessities like groceries, medicine, diapers are not subject to sales tax,” says Monroe County Executive, Adam Bello. “Yet, other fundamental necessities like clothing and shoes are. In our view, clothing and shoes are just as essential as food.”

This sales tax exemption includes in-person purchases and online shopping. The change will save shoppers in Monroe County an estimated $12 million each year.

The hope is it will also help retailers attract more customers.