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Diaper purchases will now be exempt from local sales tax in New York

The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that the average family spends around $936 on diapers in the first year of childhood.

It’s also why a new law removing all local taxes on diapers is said to be so consequential.


Diapers have been exempt from state taxes since 2006. However, local taxes on diapers hung around until very recently.

The local tax will continue being collected through the end of November. Then, on December 1, 2022, local taxes will disappear from diaper purchases.


“You want to make sure your child is clean and well taken care of and having fresh, new adequate diapers is so critical. It may not matter as much today, but tomorrow and the days thereafter it will add up,” Senator Jamaal Bailey said of the law. He sponsored the legislation removing all local taxes from diapers for newborns and adults.

He said a lot of community organizations, who purchased diapers in bulk during the pandemic – were hit hard by the sales tax.



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