New York Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-60th District, has proposed a bill to repeal the New York state sales tax on limousine service. The measure needs support from operators who should call the Senate and Assembly representatives in their districts.
[UPDATED: 5/20/13: 1:05 p.m. ET]
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Limousine, Bus, Taxi Operators of Upstate New York has succeeded in getting a state legislator to sponsor a measure that would repeal the state sales tax on limousine service, which applies to sedans, vans, SUVs and stretches, but not to vehicles registered as buses.
Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-60th District, proposed Bill S4920 on May 1 to repeal the 2009 law, according to this post by David Bastian of Towne Livery, who is a member of LBTOUNY's legislative committee.
UPDATE: Sen. Jose Peralta, D-13th District, also has proposed a similar bill. S4464
The Senate is majority Republican, while the Assembly is majority Democratic. Republicans have a better chance of carrying the measure through, but S4920 still has to be introduced in the Assembly, since the bill must be indentical in both house.
"We don't have to collect it on buses, but we do have to collect the service on limos," Bastian said. The sales tax varies depending on separate county add-ons. In New York City, for example, the sales tax is 8.85%.
Bastian is calling on association members and limousine operators throughout the state to immediately contact their state representatives and urge them to support this measure. Other associations, including the Long Island Limousine Association, Limousine Association of New York, Livery Round Table and Coalition of Transportation Associations have been notified to help out, Bastian said.
The industry needs to step up and get in touch with every New York state senator and local representatives so they can to get this repealed. We need this to go to floor votes.
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-- Martin Romjue, LCT editor