New York State In-depth

New bill would increase New York capital gains tax for wealthy investors

what you need to know

  • The new 7.5% tax could apply to single New Yorkers with taxable income over $400,000.
  • Fund Our Future sponsored the New York bill along with tax laws introduced in six other states.
  • The governor of New York said last week that her state would not raise income taxes this year.

A New York state legislature wants high-income and wealthy residents of the state to pay more taxes on capital gains.

Sen. Gustavo Rivera, DN.Y., introduced p. 2162 on Thursday. The bill that would impose an additional state income tax of between 7.5% and 15% on the long-term capital gains of taxpayers with New York state taxable income above a minimum level.

In New York, capital gains are taxed as income, with marginal rates ranging from 4% to 10.9%.

Fund Our Future, a tax policy project associated with State Innovation Exchange and the State Revenue Alliance, sponsored this bill along with tax laws being introduced in California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington State at a press conference on Thursday.

What it means

In some states, wealthy clients may face new state-level efforts to tax their wealth.

The scenery

Fund Our Future was launched in 2019 with support from the American Federation of Teachers to increase public funding for education.

The project’s website is headlined “Make the rich pay what they owe.”

One of the speakers at the Fund Our Future press conference was Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., who is perhaps best known in the financial services sector for introducing healthcare system change legislation that could eliminate most forms of private health insurance.

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