Save gro­cers, kill tax: beep

New York Daily News - - NEWS - Erin Durkin

SU­PER­MAR­KETS ARE try­ing to shelve a city tax that can cost them tens of thou­sands of dol­lars a year on top of their rent bills.

Man­hat­tan Bor­ough Pres­i­dent Gale Brewer is push­ing a bill that would make su­per­mar­kets ex­empt from the com­mer­cial rent tax, which the city charges busi­nesses in prime parts of Man­hat­tan.

“It has out­lived its pur­pose, and now it’s crush­ing our lo­cal busi­nesses,” Brewer said at a press con­fer­ence Mon­day out­side City Hall.

The tax has been re­pealed in most of the city but still ap­plies in Man­hat­tan be­tween Mur­ray St. and 96th St. The tax ap­plies to busi­nesses pay­ing over $300,000 a year in rent, who pay a tax equal to 3.9% of their rent bill.

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