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DiNapoli: Local Sales Tax Collections Increased by 4% in August

September 18, 2023

Local sales tax collections in New York state grew by 4% in August compared to the same month in 2022, according to data released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Overall, local collections totaled $1.78 billion, up $67.9 million compared to the same time last year.

“Local sales tax collections in August continue a pattern of moderate increases in 2023,” DiNapoli said. “With overall growth having all but returned to pre-pandemic rates, local officials should budget accordingly and monitor cash flow for the foreseeable future.”

For August 2023, compared with August 2022:

  • New York City’s collections totaled $760 million, an increase of 1.2%, or $9.1 million.
  • County and city collections in the rest of the state totaled $913 million, an increase of 5.6%.
  • Most (53 out of 57) counties experienced some year-over-year increase.
  • Schuyler County experienced the strongest growth at 63.3%.
  • Orleans County had the largest decline at 7.7%.

These monthly sales tax collections are from the cash distributions made to counties and tax-imposing cities by the state Department of Taxation and Finance, and the amounts are based on estimates of what each municipality is due. In the third month of each calendar year quarter, these distributions are adjusted upward or downward, so that the quarter as a whole reflects reported sales by vendors. The next quarterly numbers (for July to September) will be available in October.

Monthly Local Sales Tax Collections by County and Region