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 THE DANCE TAX GOES IN TO EFFECT TICKET PRICES WILL BE FORCED TO INCREASE 10%
AS IT WILL BE LEVIED ON TO 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.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Please write Senator Andy Hill and fellow committee members today to share your support for Bill 5613 to pass at the scheduled hearing taking place this Thursday, February 21st.

email: andy.hill@leg.wa.gov

Find your legislative district here and contact committee members from this list:

linda.parlette@leg.wa.gov
barbara.bailey@leg.wa.gov
jim.hargrove@leg.wa.gov
sharon.nelson@leg.wa.gov
jim.honeyford@leg.wa.gov
bob.hasegawa@leg.wa.gov
mark.schoesler@leg.wa.gov
mike.hewitt@leg.wa.gov
ann.rivers@leg.wa.gov
brian.hatfield@leg.wa.gov
michael.baumgartner@leg.wa.gov
steve.conway@leg.wa.gov
john.braun@leg.wa.gov
karen.fraser@leg.wa.gov
randi.becker@leg.wa.gov
bruce.dammeier@leg.wa.gov

We encourage you to join us at the hearing is in Olympia this Thursday, February 21st at 3:00pm.
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
298 15th Ave. SW
Olympia, WA 98504 

If you write to your legislator, here’s some info:

- This tax is being inconsistently and unfairly applied to only some music venues, threatening their survival

- Venues owners have tried to work with the Department of Revenue,
but the DoR has been unable to provide clear direction for when an “opportunity to dance” exists

- Other venues have been audited and not charged the tax

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