A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from June 27, 2005
Taxes (Take the commercial rent tax, please!)
You want taxes? We've got a tax just for you!

Here are the business taxes:

Tax Types & Descriptions

Banking Corporation Tax (BCT)
A tax imposed on banking corporations, including commercial and savings banks, savings and loan associations, trust companies, and certain subsidiaries of banks that do business in New York City in a corporate or organized capacity.

Cigarette Tax
This tax must be paid on the purchase of all cigarettes, whether bought to resell or for consumption.

Commercial Motor Vehicle Tax (CMVT)
A tax imposed on non-passenger motor vehicles principally used in New York City or principally in connection with a business carried on in the City and on motor vehicles that are regularly used in the City for the transportation of passengers. For the purpose of CMVT, "principally" is defined as 50% or more of the vehicle's mileage during the year is within the City, regardless of whether the owner's or operator's business is in the City.

Commercial Rent Tax (CRT)
A tax imposed on tenants of premises that are used to conduct businesses, professions, or commercial activities in Manhattan south of 96th Street.

E-911 Surcharge for Telecommunications Providers
A surcharge imposed on users of wireless telecommunications services.

General Corporation Tax (GCT)
A tax imposed on domestic and foreign corporations that are engaged in business activities, employ capital, own or lease property, or maintain an office in New York City.

Horse Race Admissions Tax
A tax imposed on all patrons of horse races as part of the price of admissions.

Hotel Room Occupancy Tax
A tax imposed on the occupancy of hotel, motel, bed-and-breakfast, boardinghouse, and transient club/apartment rooms, based on the cost of the room rent and paid by the guest.

Mortgage Recording Tax
An excise tax imposed on the recording of every mortgage at the New York City Register or Richmond County Clerk.

Real Property Transfer Tax (RPTT)
An excise tax imposed on the transfer of real property located in New York City and on the transfer of a controlling economic interest in real property located in New York City.

Retail Beer, Wine and Liquor License Tax
A tax imposed for the privilege of selling liquor, wine, and beer at a retail establishment within New York City, for consumption on or off premises.

Taxicab License Transfer Tax
A tax imposed on every transfer of a taxicab license and on the transfer of a controlling economic interest in a taxicab license.

Unincorporated Business Tax (UBT)
A tax imposed on every individual or unincorporated entity carrying on a trade, business, or profession — in whole or part — in New York City.

Utility Tax
A tax imposed on every utility and vendor of utility services doing business in New York City.

I adjudicate parking tickets. You may be pleased to know that the state takes $15 for every parking ticket. Most of the revenue is generated in New York City, and most of the money is spent elsewhere in the state. This is a scandal:


Part A — Expand the parking ticket surcharge statewide.
Enactment of this bill is necessary to implement the 2004-05 Executive Budget because the $15 surcharge will generate $7.5 million in new revenue for the State and an equal amount for local governments.

What can be done?

The commercial rent tax is a tax squarely aimed at soaking the businesses who somehow do not flee midtown Manhattan. This tax and other taxes are often waived, such as for businesses who locate at the World Trade Center site.

I will try to lobby for a fair tax structure, and fair proceeds from those taxes. We need all the revenue we can get, but higher taxes kill jobs.

Posted by Barry Popik
Manhattan Borough President (2005 election) • (0) Comments • Monday, June 27, 2005 • Permalink