Local Sales Tax Collections In October Up Nearly 13 Percent

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Statewide local government sales tax collections in October totaled more than $1.5 billion, an increase of 12.9 percent (or $175 million) compared to the same month in 2020. This growth continued the trend of monthly collections since April exceeding 2020 results. Strong local sales tax performance in October reflects weakened collections during the same month in 2020, when many parts of the state were still adversely impacted by the pandemic. That said, October 2021 total collections were fairly strong even when compared to the figures reported during pre-pandemic levels, up 7 percent (or $101 million) over October of 2019. Nearly every county outside of New York City saw year-over-year collections for October grow by double digits, while New York City’s sales taxes increased by 8.3 percent or over $51 million. | Regional Table [.xlsx]