State's sales-tax collections up 21% from last year, comptroller says

Local sales-tax collection in New York was up 21% in July compared to the same period last year, marking the fourth consecutive month that collections exceeded 2020 results, according to a news release from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

The Empire State collected $1.6 billion in revenue from sales taxes in July, up $276 million from a year earlier, signaling a strong rebound following the steep decline in 2020 because of lockdowns from the pandemic.

“Last month’s impressive sales tax performance reflects this year’s strengthening economy and positive jobs numbers,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “However, with recent increases in infection rates occurring across the state, local officials must

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