Good news for all of you soda drinking, snack eating, vending machine frequenters in the state of New York! The state recently lowered its sales tax rate threshold from $.75 to $1.50 per item. This will make most of the goodies in vending machines tax-free. The New York Automatic Vending Association has lobbied hard for the last two years to get the threshold lowered, and they finally got their wish last week. The lowered threshold amount of $1.50 will become effective June 2014.