State Sales Tax Exemption

April 2, 2012 Updated Apr 2, 2012 at 7:50 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

April 2, 2012 Updated Apr 2, 2012 at 7:50 PM EDT

ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) Starting April 1, shoppers in many counties across New York State will not have to pay 4% State sales tax, instead only having to deal with county sales taxes.

Paying less at the cash register sounds good for shoppers. And getting more customers in the stores buying more things sounds even better for retailers. Some shoppers were pleasantly surprised to be getting more cash back at the registers, because the State sales tax exemption is once again in affect, covering clothing and shoe purchases up to 110 dollars.

Shoppers at the Boulevard Mall in Amherst say paying 4% less on their apparel purchases will drive them to stores, and persuade them to spend more.

"I'm doing a lot more shopping this week because there is no sales tax, so it's awesome," Felicia Dudley said.

Canadian shoppers enjoyed the tax break as well.

"It's fabulous because I was thinking the next time we came down we would go to Erie because they have no sales tax, and not having it here is great because we come down several times a year," Virginia Dennigan said.

For example, a pair of sneakers with a retail value of $99.99 would normally sell for $108.74. But this week, the same pair sells for 4 dollars less, a total of $104.74, saving enough to buy a pair of socks along with the shoes.

"Instead of handing it to someone else, I get more, buy more product for my money as opposed to just giving money over for taxes," Marcus Wilson said.