DC Mayor proposes tax on theater tickets

Washington Mayor Vincent Gray has unveiled a 2012 budget which would subject tickets to DC theatres to the City’s 6% sales tax. The tax, Gray predicts, would generate $2,303,000 in FY 2012 and nearly ten million over the next four years.

The proposed sales tax would be applicable regardless of venue, and would be charged even for high school productions in the City of Washington.

“If this tax happens – and audiences won’t attend arts events because ticket prices are too high – everyone loses,” warned Linda Levy-Grossman, Executive Director of the Helen Hayes Awards. Levy-Grossman, speaking for her organization and for Cultural Tourism DC and Cultural Development Corporation, urges everyone opposed to the tax hike to sign this petition and, for DC residents, to write to their City Council members (here’s a link to a sample letter that might be useful; you’ll find the Council Members’ e-mail addresses here).

In addition to proposing a tax on theater tickets, Gray also recommends other measures likely to impact the theatregoer: a 12%  – 18% sales tax on parking and an increase in the sales tax on the off-premises sale of alcohol from 9% to 10%.  For those interested in the Mayor’s proposed 2012 budget, here’s the link.



Tim Treanor About Tim Treanor

Tim Treanor Senior Writer, member, DCTS Board of Directors. Since 2005, Tim has written over 500 reviews and numerous news articles, features and interviews for DCTS. He is a member of the American Theater Critics Association and sits on its New Plays committees. He is also a fellow of the National Critics Institute, run by the O’Neill Theater Center. His interactive murder mystery, Murder in Elsinore, enjoyed a brief run in 2003; another play, Dracula. A Love Story. ran in the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival. His novel, The Seduction of Braulio Jules, is available on Amazon. By day he is a trial lawyer for the Federal government. He lives with his dear bride, Lorraine, in a log house in the woods of Southern Maryland. For more Tim Treanor, go to www.timtreanorauthor.com.



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