The New York State sales tax rate is currently 4%. Suffolk County's sales tax rate is 4.25%, making the total sales tax rate in the county 8.25%. This rate consists of a 4% state tax and a 4.25% county tax, plus any additional taxes imposed by local municipalities or special districts. Sales tax rates in Suffolk County are determined by eleven different tax jurisdictions: Brookhaven, Islip, Riverhead, Southold, Southampton, Babylon, Huntington, Smithtown, East Hampton, Southampton Village and Shelter Island.
All merchants operating in Suffolk County must automatically calculate the sales tax due for each purchase made and include it separately in the receipt. In addition to the state and county taxes, there is also the Metropolitan Commuter Transit District (MCTD) tax of 0.375%, which applies to purchases made in New York City and in Dutchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester counties. It is important to note that the sales tax rate may vary depending on the locality within Suffolk County. Therefore, it is essential to check with your local government to determine the exact rate that applies to your purchase.
Knowing the exact sales tax rate can help you budget for your purchases and ensure that you are not overpaying.