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.