Third Quarter 2021 Local Sales Taxes Up 20 Percent; New York City Collections Near 2019 Pre-Pandemic Levels

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Local government sales tax collections totaled nearly $5.2 billion in the third quarter of 2021, up $861 million (20 percent) compared to the same period last year. Every region in the State, including New York City, experienced robust growth in sales tax revenue. When compared to pre-pandemic levels, statewide local collections grew by 8.6 percent ($409 million) this past quarter over the same period in 2019. In fact, the third quarter marked the fifth quarter in a row that county and city sales tax receipts outside of New York City met or exceeded 2019 pre-pandemic levels for the same period. New York City collections have been recovering more slowly since the second quarter of 2020, but its sales tax revenue has nearly reached pre-pandemic levels. | Regional Table [.xlsx]