A Dance-In is being planned on the steps of the Washington state Capitol to lend support to a bill that would eliminate the so-called Opportunity to Dance tax.
According to the Department of Revenue, the tax is on the cover charges collected at the door of a club that provides the opportunity for dance. The department said the tax has been on the books for decades, but dance venue owners like Hallie Kuperman of Seattle s Century Ballroom said it was a surprise.
Kuperman has been working to pay off a $92,000 tax bill levied on Century Ballroom. It was originally $250,000 after a state audit, but Kuperman fought the decision and got it reduced.
As of Wednesday, a post on Century Ballroom s Facebook page indicated it had raised nearly $67,000. The bill is due in May.
Senate Bill 5613 would amend a state law, providing that certain cover charges for the opportunity to dance are not considered retail sales.
The Dance-In is planned for Monday, April 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Capitol Building in Olympia.