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Evergreen Helps Eliminate Sales Tax for WA Bike Races

Aug 28, 2015
by Bryan Rivard  
We helped pass a bill

In 2011 most in the biking community were caught by surprise when the Washington Department of Revenue issued an Excise Tax Advisory stating bike races and events were subject to retail sales tax as "amusement and recreation service".

This meant race promoters were tasked with collecting sales tax, sometimes as high as 9.8%, from participants—another cost to consider when organizing an event. While this wasn’t an issue for Evergreen events, which were non-profit fundraisers, it did impact most for-profit event promoters.

The solution lay in HB 1550, a bill requested by the Dept of Revenue which defined a specific list of activities considered “retail sale” rather than the vague "amusement and recreation." To ensure that healthy recreational gatherings like bicycle events were not subject to sales tax, Evergreen began working with our legislators and was influential in ensuring that the bill was passed and that cycling activities were not listed as “retail sales.”

HB 1550 was signed by the Governor in May and we’re pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2016, event promoters will no longer be required to collect sales tax for races or events in Washington state. You can see the full bill here.

Evergreen is very satisfied with the outcome, another success for our advocacy efforts. We would like to thank Representative Carlyle for sponsoring the bill and we look forward to tax-free events and races in Washington’s MTB future. @EvergreenBryan


13 Comments

  • 27 0
 Evergreen should start a plan of expansion, first Oregon, then Idaho/Montana followed by the rest of western usa and the final push will kick IMBA out of America!
  • 14 0
 Wow, Evergreen is the model for all state orgs to look up to! To hell with the IMBA!
  • 9 0
 I like this.
  • 6 0
 What has the IMBA done for us lately?
  • 6 0
 Made all of the trails super accessible to anybody with training wheels! The strong need to look out for the spineless!
  • 6 0
 so cheaper nw cups!!??
  • 1 0
 good question?
  • 5 0
 Evergreen Rocks!
  • 4 0
 Evergreen for President 2016!
  • 4 0
 Nice work!
  • 4 0
 YAYYYY
  • 3 0
 Nice work gang! Proud!
  • 1 3
 really!? you are wasting time on saving the community 10% on the couple hundred dollars a year? THANKS! for the $20. How about you focus on the massive amount of bike trails being lost to new "wilderness" areas...

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