What is the Manhattan Resident Parking Tax Exemption?

The Manhattan Resident Parking Tax Exemption reduces the amount of sales tax a Manhattan resident pays on a parking spot in Manhattan from 18.375% to 10.385%. The 8% tax reduction works out to about $40/month or $480/year in savings for a typical Manhattan parking spot which runs around ~$500/month on average. These savings are a nice perk for those who are brave enough to own a car in NYC, and specifically in Manhattan.

Parking in NYC outside of Manhattan is subject to a 4% state tax, 6% NYC local tax and a ⅜% Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District (MCTD) tax for a combined tax rate of 10.375%.

Manhattan has an additional 8% local sales tax on parking on top of the standard 10.375%, for a total of 18.375%. So in essence, the Manhattan Resident Parking Tax Exemption reduces the total parking sales tax rate for qualifying applicants to what is charged in other boroughs such as Brooklyn and Queens.

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In order to qualify for the Manhattan Resident Parking Tax Exemption, the vehicle must be:

  • Individually owned or leased for a term of one year or more by the applicant

  • Registered to the owner’s primary residence in Manhattan

  • Parked in a long-term rented space for a month or more

  • Driven for personal use only (commercial, rental or company vehicles don’t qualify)

A primary residence is defined in the Rules of the City of New York 19 (RCNY) §19-01 as follows:

A permanent place of residence where the individual resides or intends to reside more than 183 days in the 12 months following the date of the application for exemption. Factors examined in making this determination include the dwelling place designated as the individual’s address on such items as his or her motor vehicle registration, income tax return, driver’s license, voter registration card or documents filed with public agencies.

The Manhattan Residence Parking Tax Exemption PDF Application is downloadable here. It’s also possible to apply online. Successful applicants receive a Parking Tax Exemption Certificate which must be renewed every two years.

Recipients of the exemption are required to resubmit the application to report any of the following:

  • Change of Manhattan residence

  • Change of parking garage or lot

  • Change of parking facility’s Consumer Affairs License Number

  • Change of vehicle and/or license plate number

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According to the New York City Department of Finance, “Any person who improperly obtains or misuses a Parking Tax Exemption Certificate will be liable for penalties of not more than $100 in the case of negligence and not more than $500 in the case of fraud. A person filing a false application may also be prosecuted under the penal law. These shall be in addition to any penalties imposed under Section 1145 of Article 28 of the New York State Tax Law.”

New York Assembly Bill A6077, which is currently in assembly committee discussions, would eliminate the Manhattan Resident Parking Tax exemption and increase the car registration fee for vehicles registered to residents of Manhattan.

The Manhattan Resident Parking Tax Exemption reduces the amount of sales tax a Manhattan resident pays on a parking spot in Manhattan from 18.375% to 10.385%.

The legislation is sponsored by Assemblywoman Carmen E. Arroyo (Democrat, District 84) and Assembly member Anthony D’Urso (Democrat, District 16).

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