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February 28, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Seattle clubs, dance venues taxed for offering ‘the opportunity to dance’

Tax is absurd

Hallie Kuperman, owner of Century Ballroom, is hosting a fundraising dance Saturday night to help pay its $91,000 sales-tax bill to the state Department of Revenue. The ballroom and others just learned of a sales tax applied to cover charge for the “opportunity to dance.” (KEN LAMBERT/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

We have a “dance tax” in this town [“Century Ballroom, clubs trip on dance-tax bills,” NWSaturday, Feb. 23]? That is very absurd! And embarrassing.

Being defined when and where to dance is crazy. Qwest Field must pay a huge dance tax for every big-play boogie a player might do. Concerts in the park? Can’t dance unless you pay tax.

Are we Southern Baptists up here? “Oh, forgive me Lord, I almost boogied.”

–Douglas Mays, Seattle

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