New York Supports Solar Energy with Sales Tax Exemption
- Sep 11, 2015 | Gail Cole
Commercial solar energy systems equipment is exempt from New York state sales and use tax (4%) and the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District (MCTD) tax (3/8%), effective September 1, 2015. The exemption applies to the retail sale and installation of eligible products.
Local sales and use taxes apply unless a local tax jurisdiction enacts an exemption. As of this writing, a handful of localities have done so. These are:
- Broome County
- Erie County
- Rockland County
- Suffolk County
- Tompkins County (excepting the city of Ithaca)
- Ulster County
- Westchester County (excepting Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains, and Yonkers)
Additional information, including a list of counties and localities that do tax sales and installations of commercial solar energy systems, is available on New York Department of Finance Publication 718-CS.
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