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Tax break on clothing starts Sunday

Shoppers will get a tax break beginning Sunday.

That's when the state's sales tax exemption on clothing and footwear items under $110 will be restored.

In need of revenue a couple of years ago, the state reinstated its 4 percent sales tax from October 2010 through March 31, 2011. The move brought the state $330 million for that period, said Morris Peters, spokesman for the state Division of the Budget.

Then the state partly restored the exemption, but only on clothing and shoes costing less than $55 from April 1, 2011, until the end of this month. The state gained $210 million during that period.

Like most counties, Nassau and Suffolk will continue to add their local 4.25 percent sales tax and the 0.375 percent Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District tax. New York City, however, is one of 11 jurisdictions waiving local sales taxes for those purchases. For those shopping in the city, that means no sales tax at all on clothing and shoes under $110.

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