Consumers dig deep into pockets to pay for NJ sales tax expansion

Getting a massage or having items shipped from Internet purchases will cost New Jersey shoppers more when the state?s sales tax expansion kicks in Sunday.

The 7 percent tax will apply to previously untaxed services. Governor Jon Corzine (D-NJ) pushed the increase to help close a projected $4.5 billion budget deficit for this fiscal year. Many of Corzine?s fellow Democrats opposed the measure, but eventually gave in. The new tax is expected to raise $332 million.

Some consumers say while they understand the need for the state to operate in the black, they aren?t looking forward to paying more out of pocket for items like limousine service, landscaping, tattoos and gym memberships.

Related Information List of Tax Entended Items

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