Tag Archive for Amusement Tax

Ebay to Chicago: We Are Not Paying Amusement Tax

U.S. District Court Judge Blanche M. Manning last week dismissed a lawsuit against eBay by the city that claimed the auction Web site is a “reseller’s agent,” which would have made the site liable for collecting the 9 percent (5 percent for many cultural events) amusement tax on resold tickets.

Way to go, Chicago. You greedy bastards.

Hey Harrisburg- maybe we’ll just start selling all of our tickets on Ebay….

Inaugural Amusement Tax Due

They’re calling for five or six hundred tickets to be sold.

At a hundred bucks a pop, that’s around sixty grand in gross ticket sales.

And considering that this group putting the event together is most-likely not a non-profit (and it certainly isn’t “educational” or “charitable” by any means), I’d say that, yes, the ten percent amusement tax IS going to be due on the Linda Thompson Inaugural Ball.

You see, THIS is the kind of shit that I’m worried about. I’ve written before about “selective enforcement” (a federal crime) and if the Amusement Tax is NOT paid on this event, then I’ll be at city hall banging my pots and pans together.

Steve Ketterer (until he retired) watched my events like a HAWK. And it’s simply because I’ve been publicly challenging this tax since I started promoting events in Harrisburg. Had I been a “good citizen” and remained quiet about it, then I’d probably have several thousand dollars more in my bank account today.

But we paid. Every. Single. Show.

Now, Linda, it’s your turn. Maybe now you’ll understand the lunacy of this tax and will be prompted to do something about it.

All we want is a fair playing field.

And what’s fair (at this stage of the game) is for you to pony up your five thousand dollars due in amusement tax on your event.

Say NO To The Arts Tax

I’ve said this before- and I’ll say it again: if the budget with the arts ticket tax is passed, concert tickets in the city of Harrisburg will be taxed an astronomical SIXTEEN PERCENT. (Ten percent local amusement tax, six percent sales tax)

I’m borrowing this text from LiveNation.com and seriously urging all of you who read this blog to simply copy and paste the following email addresses and message text into an email and reach out to your lawmakers.

Protect the industry which provides you with the most fun and enjoyment. It’s one of the few things we have left…

Send an email to the politicians listed below:
jscarnati@pasen.gov; dpileggi@pasen.gov; jcorman@pasen.gov; kmccall@pahouse.net; teachus@pahouse.net; devans@hacd.net; mellow@pasenate.com; costa@pasenate.com; mkeller@pahousegop.com; lfarnese@pasenate.com; kitchen@pasenate.com; jwilliam@pahouse.net; dwhite@pasen.gov; dreed@pahousegop.com; pbrowne@pasen.gov; ferlo@pasenate.com; dlevdans@pahouse.net; jearll@pasen.gov; Fontana@pasenate.com; tkirklan@pahouse.net; parep160@aol.com; jwheatley@pahouse.net; fontana2@pasenate.com

Kill the Arts Tax

Copy and paste the following text into the new email:
I buy tickets to live performances in Pennsylvania, and I strongly oppose the Arts Tax because it will cause top performing acts to eliminate Pennsylvania tour sites. I urge you to oppose the Arts Tax, which would add state sales tax to all ticket prices for live performance concerts and shows statewide. Keep It Live in Pennsylvania! Kill the Arts Tax instead!

Whitaker Center Trims The Fat, Fires Talent Buyer

Got word yesterday that the Whitaker Center had something of a mass-firing.

Initial reports tell me that talent buyer and head booker Steve Krempasky was told to empty his desk along with nearly a dozen other mid to high level employees.

No official word seems to have been released from the Whitaker Center as to why the firings occurred…but logic would lean towards the MSM finding something of this nature news worthy.

Some sources informed me that the Whitaker Center received very little state money in this years budget which was part of the reason for the firings.

But I’d think that the firings had more to do with a lackluster calendar and poor ticket sales.

Will update more when I receive more information….

Sixteen Percent Tax On Concert Tickets In Harrisburg

I’m outraged. Flabbergasted.


With Rendell’s newest budget proposal of adding a six percent entertainment tax to ticket sales of concerts, theater and symphony events, that would leave Harrisburg concertgoers stuck with having to pay an astronomical SIXTEEN PERCENT TAX to see their favorite band or show.

The City of Harrisburg already has a ten percent amusement tax in place (non profits are exempt) and adding the proposed six percent from the state would place promoters of for-profit events in the uncomfortable position of passing along the extra cost to the consumer.

A ticket that currently costs ten dollars would now cost eleven dollars and sixty cents. Doesn’t sound like much? Consider this…

A ten dollar show is a regional or “baby” national, upcoming band. The Hackensaw Boys is a ten dollar ticket. Mike Doughty is on sale right now for fifteen.

But want to see a bigger name? It’s a minimum of thirty bucks. That’s what a concert ticket costs. If the latest budget proposal goes into effect, it will thereby raise ticket prices even MORE than they are already taxed.

Because, for a promoter, it’s not just the sales tax. LiveNation and Ticketmaster seem to increase their service and “convenience” fees every day.

Just this past weekend, we had Beerfest at Appalachian Brewing Company. The main way of purchasing tickets was online. The only complaint from attendees was that on a thirty dollar ticket, there were over five dollars in “service” and “convenience” fees attached.

Add to that, a promoters profit on an event is anywhere from twelve to fifteen percent of gross ticket sales. So, essentially, the state and the city will earn substantially more than the promoter will on a concert or ticketed event.

And that’s fair, how? How is it fair and just that an industry whose service and product is produced solely in the minds of it’s purveyors…there are no factories spewing noxious gasses into the environment. We do not outsource production of a sixteen minute jam to a company in China. We do not take away from any other industry by consolidation of services.

Live Music is created by the people who perform it. And promoters are the ones who distribute that product to the public. We, literally, enrich lives. And now our government wants to tax that even MORE than it’s already taxed.

Many of you thought I was crazy for making such a big deal about our local amusement tax. Many of you thought I’d never get that changed and that I was pissing in the wind. But now that we’re faced with yet ANOTHER tax…imposed by the state…I don’t seem so crazy, do I?