Last week, CHS reported on Century Ballroom’s upcoming fundraiser to help the venue cover a $90,000 tax penalty levied for non-payment of the state’s controversial “dance tax.” The management behind Capitol Hill clubs Neumos, Barboza and Moe Bar Tuesday sent out this call for support for a bill that would kill the tax — a move that could help keep clubs out of trouble with the Olympia tax man in the future.
ABOLISH THE DANCE TAX!- PLEASE HELP PASS BILL 5613 -
The ‘Opportunity to Dance Tax’ was originally put in place in the 1980s as a tax on aerobics studios, jazzercise classes and other recreational activities. The tax has never been applied to businesses like ours in previous years, and now multiple clubs throughout Washington are facing severe financial setbacks based on the reconciliation of retroactive tax bills for allowing attendees the ‘opportunity to dance’ in their venues.
If this Dance Tax goes in to effect ticket prices will be forced to increase 10%
as it will be levied on the total ticket fee.
There is now a new fast moving effort led by State Senator Ed Murray who has introduced Bill 5613
that will solve this issue if approved.
UPDATE: Yes, beware the typo — the Neumos bulletin should note a February 21st hearing — not November.