Guide to Seattle's Business License & Taxes
Non-profit Art or Human Service businesses or organizations must request and receive an exemption from the Department of Finance and Administrative Services office of the City of Seattle thirty (30) days prior to the event in order to be exempt from the collection of Admission Tax.
Any non-profit business or organization that believes it may be exempt from the collection of admissions tax, must first contact the Department of Finance and Administrative Services office at the City of Seattle so the City can determine whether the organization qualifies for an exemption. Please contact us at (206) 684-8484 and ask for an Admission Tax Inspector. The City will assume all admission charges are taxable until an exemption has been granted.
Anyone who is admitted free of charge or at a reduced price to any place or for any event for which other persons pay an admission charge shall pay an admission tax measured by the full admission charge, unless exceptions have been approved by the Department of Finance and Administrative Services office.
Whenever a charge is made for admission to any place, a serially number or reserve seat ticket shall be furnished to the person paying such charge.
The name of the person or persons conducting the event, the established price, service charge, city tax and total price of admission must be separately, conspicuously and indelibly printed, stamped or written on the face or back of the ticket taken up by the management of the place to which admission is gained.
A sign must be posted in a conspicuous place at the entrance or ticket office, which breaks down the admission charge as follows:
Established price __________
For more information contact the Licensing & Tax Administration's information number, (206) 684-8484 and request an Admissions Tax Inspector.
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