Fiscal Institute advises de Blasio to tax pied-à-terres

From left: a unit at One57 and a unit at the Park Imperial

From left: a unit at One57 and a unit at the Park Imperial

The Fiscal Policy Institute is proposing that the de Blasio administration start taxing very expensive pied-à-terres in the city.

The left-leaning institute proposed the idea of taxing those who don’t occupy their very expensive apartments in a report on Monday. The tax, however, would require Albany’s approval.

“It’s consistent with the mayor’s earlier proposal for funding universal Pre-K in that most of that would have been paid by the richest people,” James Parrott, the Fiscal Policy Institute’s chief economist, told Capital New York.

Rougly 89,000 apartments in New York are owned by people who don’t occupy them year-round. Of those apartments, Capital reported, roughly 1.74 percent — the equivalent of 1,556 apartments — cost more than $5 million. About 445 of those vacant apartments are more than $25 million. [Capital NY] – Claire Moses

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