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DiNapoli reports modest rise in NY’s Q1 sales tax collections

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State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced that New York’s local government sales tax collections in the first quarter of 2024 increased by 1.6%, totaling $5.6 billion. This modest year-over-year growth of $87.3 million marks the lowest rate since the first quarter of 2021. The growth was primarily driven by New York City, which saw a significant resurgence in its hospitality industry.

New York City’s sales tax collections rose by 3.2%, or $79.4 million, representing over 45% of the state’s total collections for the first time since 2019. The boost reflects a nearly full recovery in the city’s tourism sector, with increases in hotel occupancy, business travel, and Broadway attendance.

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However, the rest of the state did not share in the city’s upward trend, with first-quarter collections remaining virtually flat, showing a negligible decrease of 0.03%. Some regions even saw declines, with Westchester County being an exception, achieving the strongest growth at 12.7%. This mixed picture highlights the uneven economic recovery across different parts of New York.



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