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Missouri: Fitness Centers Would Be Exempt from Sales Tax


 Missouri: this class could eventually be tax-free.

Currently, Missouri sales tax applies to admissions and fees for places of entertainment and recreation. The law has been interpreted to include fitness centers, gyms and other athletic facilities. Yet many lawmakers say that’s not at it should be.

House Bill 1179, currently under review, clarifies the tax on admissions and places of entertainment. It reads that tax is imposed on the sale at retail of:

“Sales of admissions tickets, cash admissions, and charges and fees for admission to … view sporting events, dance performances, theater performances, orchestra, concerts, and other performing arts productions…” (emphasis mine).

Viewing an event or performance is not the same as participating in it. If the Senate approves the bill submitted by the House, your yoga and CrossFit classes would be tax-free.

But if you were to pay to watch those classes, sales tax would theoretically apply.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.