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New York Tax-Paying Residents Were Moving Out Even Before Covid

  • State lost roughly 115,000 tax filers between 2015 and 2019
  • Pandemic likely to have exacerbated longer-term trend
A jogger runs in Brooklyn, New York, in May 2019.

A jogger runs in Brooklyn, New York, in May 2019.

Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Even before Covid-19 hit, the state of New York was facing an outflow of tax-paying residents.

The state had an average annual net out-migration of 28,700 part-year residents, or 0.3% of taxpayers, between 2015 and 2019, according to a report from New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. That means the state lost roughly 115,000 tax filers during the period, in a trend that’s likely to have continued after the pandemic with the rise of remote working.