Paterson eyes ending tax exemption on clothes

Gov. David Paterson (D-N.Y.) is proposing ending the state sales-tax exemption on clothing purchases under $110 to help solve the state's budget crisis.

The plan under consideration wouldn't go into effect until the fall and would remain in place for one year to help the state balance its budget.

Experts say applying the state's 4-percent tax to clothing purchases under $110 would raise $660 million in the course of 12 months.

However, makeup artist and perfume salesman Joseph Brancatti, of Yonkers, says the retail industry is in a serious slump and any new taxes will only make matters worse.

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