I know the audience for this is small, but there is a bill in the NY Senate to allow boarding barns to not charge sales tax on boarding. From the bill:
To clarify the Sales Tax Law to specify that
all services provided by commercial horse boarding operations are
exempt from sales tax. In 2000, sales tax relief was provided to
farm-related purchases including commercial horse boarding operations.
Instruction, training and showing of horses is nontaxable, but
according to tax regulations, care, custody and control services are
taxable. Taxable services currently include feeding, watering,
mucking, grooming, exercising, blanketing, spraying, worming, holding
for farrier or Vet, administering shots, nursing care, maintenance of
tack and burial of dead animals. The existing Tax Law is confusing
and open to interpretation as to what services are or are not taxable
for horse boarding. Raising of horses is a growing and vital part of
agriculture in New York State and removing the sales tax from all
aspects of horse boarding will remove any confusion from the law and
make New York a more friendly state for the horse business.
OK, spoke w/the bill's sponsor's office. Here's what NY horsepeople need to do:
1. Contact your Senator and ask that they support the bill. Also that they contact Senator DeFrancisco, who's head of the Finance Committee and ask that they push him to move the bill out of Committee so the full senate can consider it. Here's a link to find out who your senator is: http://www.nysenate.gov/
2. Contact Senator DeFrancisco yourself and ask that the bill be moved from Committee out to the full Senate. His office phone numbers are 518 455 3511 in Albany, and 315 428-7632 in Syracuse, his district office. Here's a link to a page to send him an email: http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/john...ncisco/contact
Please post to any other horse board, facebook, whatever to get the word out!
Also, I think a winning argument in these economic times when NY is going to want as much tax revenue as possible is to cast this (which is true!) as something which benefits the small business owner. Small business owners are the engine of our economy so this is something that will help the economy.
I just got off the phone w/my local Senator's office. I guess since they are out of session, this bill would have to be reintroduced and go through all the steps again. So, that's the bad news. The good news was that my senator's aid said he'd consider co-sponsoring the bill since he is so pro-agriculture.
So -- I guess if we all speak up, the bill might get reintroduced and possibly passed in the next session.
I paid tax on board before leasing the horse out. Since 2010. And farrier. Vet. 13%. Very, very uncool.
Hopefully NY won't do it. It sucks.
Oh, NY already is charging sales tax on board/farrier/vet/etc. I agree; most uncool. I believe this bill is meant to exempt those services from having to charge tax, but it must still be in hiatus somewhere because I continue to have to pay it...