Proposed Tax on Live Performances Axed

By Andy Salsman
|  Thursday, May 26, 2011  |  Updated 8:58 AM EDT
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Proposed Tax on Live Performances Axed

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You won’t have to pay extra, after all, when you attend a live cultural event in the District.

D.C. Council just approved a budget that doesn’t include a 6 percent sales tax on live performances at Washington’s arts organizations.

The tax had been included in Mayor Vincent Gray’s original budget. Several groups -- including Arena Stage and Cultural Tourism DC -- objected, arguing that it would scare business away. Apparently, the D.C. Council agreed.

Federal institutions, such as the Kennedy Center and Smithsonian, would not have been subjected to the tax.

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