Guide to Seattle's Business License & Taxes
Calculating Admissions Tax
Admission Tax Due
- Assume the admission tax rate is 5%.
- Value of complimentary tickets issued must be included in amount subject to tax.
- Divide gross value of all tickets by 1.05 to back out tax before multiplying by .05.
- A return must be filed by the due date whether or not tax is due.
Business License (B&O) Tax Due
- If gross receipts do not exceed $100,000 in a calendar year, no business license tax is due.
- If gross receipts exceed $100,000 in a calendar year, the business license tax is levied at the following rates:
- A business license tax form must be filed whether or not tax is due.
Service and other business activities:
- For ticket sales, use this classification.
- Subtract only actual Admission Tax paid and report as a deduction in the line marked “Other” in the portion of the tax form provided.
- Gross ticket sales less Admission Tax times 0.00415 equals business license tax due.
- Concessions, programs, novelties, T-shirts, etc.
- Gross receipts less allowable deductions times 0.00215 equals business license tax due.
For more information contact the Licensing & Tax Administration's information number, (206) 684-8484 and request an Admissions Tax Inspector.
City of Seattle
Department of Finance and Administrative Services
700 Fifth Ave., Suite 4250
PO Box 34214
Seattle, WA 98124-4214
Telephone: (206) 684-8484
Fax: (206) 684-5170
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