Suffolk County Offers Sales Tax Exemption for Manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment

At their meeting on April 14, 2020, the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) unanimously voted to approve a special sales tax exemption for companies that produce Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for first responders and doctors, such as face masks, face shields and hand sanitizer, to be used during the Coronavirus crisis.

The COVID-19 Sales Tax Relief Program applies to the purchase of new construction supplies, electrical connections, shelving and distribution equipment. The exemption is up to $100,000 of sales taxes that would have otherwise been due on such purchases. The purchase of raw materials and production equipment are not included in this program, as they are already exempt from sales tax for manufacturers.

The program runs for one year and is effective immediately as an incentive for businesses to produce much-needed PPE during the pandemic.


Matthew McCullough Matthew McCullough, EA is a Tax Controversy Senior Manager at Grassi. He works across a variety of industries including but not limited to Construction, Architecture & Engineering, Manufacturing & Distribution, Real Estate, and Not-For Profit. Matthew is proficient in tax audits for the IRS, New York State, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Florida, Texas, and many others. His areas of specialty include sales tax audits,... Read full bio