On this page we are describing the sales taxes in the State of New York, we aim to educate you on the differences that occur throughout the state so you get a better understanding of it in regards to whether you may have:

  • Have taken a new job in the are
  • Applied for a new school
  • Opened a new bank account in the state of New York
  • People who may be unable to find their Social Security Card or have lost it.

What is the lowest and highest sales tax in New York?

In the map of New York is pictured below there are a total of 62 countries that are within the state. You can go directly to the page and see which area has the highest and lowest sales tax in your county of choice.

Albany Allegany Bronx Broome Cattaraugus Cayuga Chautauqua Chemung Chenango Clinton Columbia Cortland Delaware Dutchess Erie Essex Franklin Fulton Genesee Greene Hamilton Herkimer Jefferson Kings Lewis Livingston Madison Monroe Montgomery Nassau New York Niagara Oneida Onondaga Ontario Orange Orleans Oswego Otsego Putnam Queens Rensselaer Richmond Rockland St. Lawrence Saratoga Schenectady Schoharie Schuyler Seneca Steuben Suffolk Sullivan Tioga Tompkins Ulster Warren Washington Wayne Westchester Wyoming Yates
The state sales tax for businesses and so forth is a standard rate of 4% which allows the local government to be able to collect up to another 4.875% on top of this:

  • the average sales tax for the entirety of New York is 8.229%,
  • the highest is within the Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond, Westchester County that consists of Bronx, Brooklyn, New York, Flushing, Jamaica, Astoria, Ridgewood, Elmhurst, Corona, Woodside, Forest Hills, Queens Village, Staten Island, Yonkers, New Rochelle, White Plains, Mount Vernon, Scarsdale, Port Chester, Yorktown Heights, Ossining, Peekskill, Tarrytown, Bronxville, Cortlandt Manor, Mamaroneck and this equates to 8.875% sales tax,
  • the lowest sales tax is in Saratoga, Warren, Washington County, which includes cities like Clifton Park, Saratoga Springs, Ballston Spa, Gansevoort, Ballston Lake, Mechanicville, Waterford, South Glens Falls, Fort Edward, Queensbury, Glens Falls, Lake George, Hudson Falls, Greenwich, Granville, Whitehall and the sales tax in these areas total to 7%

This is a brief overview, and we suggest that you go directly to the page if you wish to get a clearer image of the different ranges of sale tax in a particular county. Please note that the ones that have an asterisk means they are below the usual county level of sales tax.

How to calculate your own sales tax in the state of New York.

So, what does this mean for you, if you are looking into how much sales tax you are going to charged dependant on what sort of county you are residing or working out of. You can go ahead and use a sales tax calculator which will give you a section that is exampled below.

 

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-or- Specify Sales Tax Rate
-or- Specify ZIP Code
%

 

You do need to know the purchase ZIP code and purchase amount in order to get an accurate figure. For an example we will use the amount of $500 and see what the ranges could be from the highest area to the lowest.

In Brooklyn, NY with the highest sales tax of 8.875% would mean that your $500 purchase would incur a $44.38 sales tax, taking the total amount to $544.38.

Whereas in Granville, NY the sales tax is only 7% and a $500 purchase would equate to $35 tax, taking the total to $535.

The sales tax calculator makes it as easy as it can be to find out what sort of sales tax you will be charged by simply adding the amount and the ZIP code. Though there might be some purchases that are exempt from sales taxes or have some special leniency which do need to be taken into consideration.

City Sales Tax Rate Zip-code Population
Brooklyn 8.88% 11201, 11202, 11203, 11204, 11205, 11206, 11207, 11208, 11209, 11210, 11211, 11212, 11213, 11214, 11215, 11216, 11217, 11218, 11219, 11220, 11221, 11222, 11223, 11224, 11225, 11226, 11228, 11229, 11230, 11231, 11232, 11233, 11234, 11235, 11236, 11237, 11238, 11239, 11241, 11242, 11243, 11245, 11247, 11249, 11251, 11252, 11256 1747103
New York 8.88% 10001, 10002, 10003, 10004, 10005, 10006, 10007, 10008, 10009, 10010, 10011, 10012, 10013, 10014, 10016, 10017, 10018, 10019, 10020, 10021, 10022, 10023, 10024, 10025, 10026, 10027, 10028, 10029, 10030, 10031, 10032, 10033, 10034, 10035, 10036, 10037, 10038, 10039, 10040, 10041, 10043, 10044, 10045, 10055, 10060, 10065, 10069, 10075, 10080, 10081, 10090, 10095, 10101, 10102, 10103, 10104, 10105, 10106, 10107, 10108, 10109, 10110, 10111, 10112, 10113, 10114, 10115, 10116, 10117, 10118, 10119, 10120, 10121, 10122, 10123, 10125, 10126, 10128, 10129, 10132, 10133, 10138, 10150, 10151, 10152, 10153, 10154, 10155, 10156, 10157, 10158, 10159, 10160, 10161, 10162, 10163, 10165, 10166, 10167, 10168, 10169, 10170, 10171, 10172, 10173, 10174, 10175, 10176, 10177, 10178, 10179, 10185, 10199, 10203, 10211, 10212, 10213, 10257, 10258, 10268, 10271, 10272, 10273, 10274, 10276, 10278, 10279, 10280, 10281, 10282, 10285, 10292 1220436
Bronx 8.88% 10451, 10452, 10453, 10454, 10455, 10456, 10457, 10458, 10459, 10460, 10461, 10462, 10463, 10464, 10465, 10466, 10467, 10468, 10469, 10470, 10471, 10472, 10473, 10474, 10475, 10499 966402
Staten Island 8.88% 10301, 10302, 10303, 10304, 10305, 10306, 10307, 10308, 10309, 10310, 10311, 10312, 10313, 10314 362638
Buffalo 8.75% 14201, 14202, 14203, 14204, 14205, 14206, 14207, 14208, 14209, 14210, 14211, 14212, 14213, 14214, 14215, 14216, 14220, 14222, 14233, 14240, 14263, 14265, 14267, 14269, 14270, 14272, 14273, 14276, 14280 182691
Flushing 8.88% 11351, 11352, 11354, 11355, 11358, 11367, 11371, 11381 169330
Jamaica 8.88% 11405, 11424, 11425, 11430, 11431, 11432, 11433, 11434, 11435, 11436, 11439, 11451, 11499 161440
Yonkers 8.88% 10701, 10702, 10703, 10704, 10705, 10710 136538
Rochester 8.00% 14603, 14604, 14605, 14607, 14608, 14609, 14610, 14611, 14613, 14614, 14619, 14620, 14621, 14627, 14638, 14639, 14642, 14643, 14646, 14647, 14649, 14650, 14651 133702
Astoria 8.88% 11102, 11103, 11105, 11106 112870
Albany 8.00% 12220, 12223, 12227, 12228, 12229, 12230, 12231, 12233, 12236, 12237, 12238, 12239, 12240, 12241, 12242, 12243, 12244, 12245, 12247, 12248, 12249, 12250, 12257, 12260, 12288 97478
Syracuse 8.00% 13201, 13202, 13203, 13204, 13205, 13206, 13207, 13208, 13210, 13217, 13218, 13224, 13235, 13244, 13251, 13261, 13290 91540
Ridgewood 8.88% 11385, 11386 76289
Elmhurst 8.88% 11373, 11380 75771
Corona 8.88% 11368 67717
Woodside 8.88% 11377 66214
New Rochelle 8.38% 10801, 10802, 10804, 10805 56992
Huntington Station 8.63% 11746 56971
Forest Hills 8.88% 11375 56345
Binghamton 8.00% 13901, 13902, 13903, 13904, 13905 55940
Queens Village 8.88% 11427, 11428, 11429 54237
Jackson Heights 8.88% 11372 53879
White Plains 8.38% 10601, 10602, 10603, 10605, 10606 53394
Valley Stream 8.63% 11580, 11581, 11582 52495
Mount Vernon 8.38% 10550, 10551, 10552, 10553 52073
Bay Shore 8.63% 11706 50386
Niagara Falls 8.00% 14301, 14302, 14303, 14304, 14305 50137
Massapequa 8.63% 11758 49089
Utica 8.75% 13501, 13502, 13503, 13504, 13505, 13599 48747
Troy 8.00% 12180, 12181, 12182 48149
Brentwood 8.63% 11717 48090
East Elmhurst 8.88% 11369, 11370 46047
Webster 8.00% 14580 45392
Fresh Meadows 8.88% 11365, 11366 45224
Far Rockaway 8.88% 11691, 11693 44370
Newburgh 8.13% 12550, 12551, 12552 42413
Lockport 8.00% 14094, 14095 42261
Ozone Park 8.88% 11416, 11417 41720
Hempstead 8.63% 11549, 11550, 11551 41145
Lindenhurst 8.63% 11757 39467
Spring Valley 8.38% 10977 39075
Bayside 8.88% 11359, 11360, 11361 39062
Levittown 8.63% 11756 38330
Westbury 8.63% 11590 38259
North Tonawanda 8.00% 14120 38248
Ithaca 8.00% 14850, 14851, 14853 37947
Huntington 8.63% 11743 37726
Fairport 8.00% 14450 37619
New Hyde Park 8.63% 11040, 11042 37446
Clifton Park 7.00% 12065 37357

Why do I need to collect sales tax in New York?

You will need to collect sales tax if you have any sort of nexus there, and what this means is that if you have assets that are physical or economic then you need to do this.

Physical meaning having a tangible activity or some sort of presence in any of the states of New York, economic nexus is simply passing the states’ economic threshold for total revenue, or the maximum number of transactions that can occur in the period of time within the state.

Two easy ways to see if you have either a physical or economic nexus in any of the counties is the following:
Physical:

  • Tangible personal property
  • Business assets or property
  • Own, renting properties
  • Made more than $500,000 in a service or content delivery in the state

Economic:

  • Made more than $100,000 in sales annually
  • More than 200 transactions in the last calendar year

How do I get a sales tax permit?

The main way to go about this is to register online at the New York Business Gateway. Follow the steps that are presented to you and ensure that you have the following to hand to use as information:

  • Business identification information
  • Business entity
  • Location/s that you will be conducting this from
  • Date you will start collecting New York sales tax from a business/property
  • NAICS Code (North American Industry Classification System.)

What is the best way to file sales taxes?

Before you think of doing anything else there are three things that we recommend that you do in order to make this process as easy and smooth as possible.

First of all, find out how much tax you owe (remember the sales tax calculator we mentioned before) so that you know how much you need to pay the state at the end. Second is get onto the New York Department Of Taxation ready to submit them, and third have the money ready so you can make the payment straight away.

There are two main options as well to filing and paying your New York sales tax, these are:

  • Filing online. This is where merchants are required to file all of their sales taxes through the department of taxation in the state of New York, you can also pay your taxes on this platform, so it is one to keep close to you for future reference.
  • Filing by mail. Simply fill out the form UST-1, but this is not the recommended way of filing your taxes due to the possibilities of them getting lost in the post and then it could mean that you are subject to late fees if they are not filed within the allotted time.

We hope this document was able to allow you to feel more confident when it comes to sales tax in the state of New York depending on where you operate out of.