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State sales tax collections rise sharply in April

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In a review of the state's economy, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's office states that sales tax collections in April were more than forty-five percent higher than the same period last year. Sales tax collections in 2021 totaled $1.5 billion. In Western New York, Erie County saw a nearly 50 percent increase this April over the previous year. The largest increases were seen in Niagara and Allegany Counties at 63 percent. The lowest growth was in Cattaraugus County at nearly 43 percent.

DiNapoli attributes the incredible growth to the re-opening of many businesses.