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State Sen. Kristin Corrado. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Corrado bill would exempt masks from sales tax

By Nikita Biryukov, October 26 2020 11:47 am

State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa) intends to introduce a bill exempting masks from the state’s sale tax.

“Our state does not tax clothing, disposable paper products, or medications,” she said. “Given one cannot opt-out of purchasing masks due to Gov. Murphy’s mandate, non-medical grade masks should be added to this list. This is a fair and just change to implement, particularly during this pandemic.”

Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order 163, signed in early July, requires residents wear masks when they are near individuals outside of their household, regardless of whether that contact is made indoors or outdoors.

The senator’s bill would add masks to a list of necessities — like food, clothing and pharmaceuticals — that are not subject to the state’s 6.625% sales tax.

“In the age of COVID, masks are now essential goods, not a luxury product. In typical New Jersey fashion, there’s a tax for this new necessity,” Corrado. “My common-sense measure would exempt masks from this regressive tax that disproportionately impacts middle-class and low-income residents.”

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