Monday, December 9, 2013

LILA Starts Petition to Repeal "Unfair Tax"

The Long Island Limousine Association is seeking support from transportation industry professionals in petitioning the New York State Tax Relief Commission to repeal what they call an "unfair tax on the transportation industry."

First adopted in 2009, the transportation sales tax was at first intended to cover taxis, livery vehicles and black cars, but once enacted excluded taxis, and not long after, livery vehicles as well. Singling out black cars for an additional tax burden is in large part the reason why this law has been called unfair. Putting the black car segment of the ground transportation industry at a competitive disadvantage, and in effect causing significant economic hardship to these small  business operators, does not result in enough revenue for the state to be justified, say petitioners.

The association is asking members and industry professionals for their support. By signing this petition, operators will contribute to the effort to put pressure on the co-chairs of Governor Cuomo's Tax Relief Commission to review the transportation sales tax, in hopes that they will repeal it, and restore competitiveness in the local ground transportation industry.

To learn more about the Long Island Limousine Association, visit

To learn more about the petition discussed above, click here.


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