NJ Sales tax covering more items

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Get ready New Jersey, as of Sunday the state's increased sales tax is expanding to more items, including downloads and tattoos.

As part of a sales tax increase, from 6 percent to 7 percent, which was approved in July, the state's tax will be extended to various items.

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine proposed the increase to help close a projected $4.5 billion budget deficit, but the increase was opposed by many state Democrats in the state legislature. That dispute led to a shutdown of the state's government, which was later resolved.

The state's 7 percent sales tax will be expanded, including the following items:

  • Downloaded music and video
  • Shipping and handling charges
  • Flooring and carpeting installation
  • Storage space
  • Tanning, massage and tattooing
  • Data processing
  • Limousines
  • Health, shopping and other club membership fees
  • Parking garages and lots
  • Non-clothing cleaning services
  • Landscaping
  • Magazines and periodicals
  • Investigation and security services, such as security alarms and armored cars

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