State sales tax hurting gyms' financial fitness

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 1, 2014 at 10:39 am •  Published: March 1, 2014
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The Revenue Department said the agency has done some outreach, such as sending letters to yoga studios in 2009. It acknowledged there has been confusion.

Several business owners say the tax needs to be clarified.

A Kansas City-area gymnastic facility said it faced a sizeable bill following an audit. Another gym owner in the Kansas City area said her accountant could not get a clear answer about the sales tax and that many gym owners have no clue they should be paying it.

Noah Alldredge, owner of Springfield-based Big Time Results, said he was told it owed back taxes. Alldredge said the company does personal training and corporate wellness, and questioned why working out would be considered entertainment.

"I don't know if you guys would want to pump out 10 push-ups for me, 10 squats and tell me how amused you are from that," Alldredge told lawmakers.

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Fitness sales tax is HB1179 and SB584

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Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov