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If you attend an indoor or outdoor event within Kirkland city limits where an admission fee is charged, you’ll be paying a tax on the admissions price. That’s because the City of Kirkland’s Admissions Tax Program requires any person, group, company, etc. that charges an admission price to charge and collect admissions tax. This includes online and third party ticket sales.
The Admissions Tax Rate for Kirkland is 5% of the established ticket price. The Program applies to non-profit organizations and charitable fundraisers.
For example, if you attend a musical performance at a local high school theater, your admissions price would include the 5% city admissions tax. The Program exempts elementary and secondary school activities where an admission fee is charged.
Please follow the steps defined in the Admissions Tax Program Brochure(PDF, 2MB) if you or your organization hosts an event where the following are applied to your patrons:
If you are holding monthly events, you need to complete only one application. Once you receive the Certificate of Admissions from the City's Finance Department, it will be effective for one year.
According to the authority given in the Kirkland Municipal code under Chapter 5.08, Utility occupation tax code, certain Kirkland businesses are required to pay Kirkland Utility occupation tax. Businesses within the city of Kirkland that provide electricity, gas service, cable, garbage and telephone/wireless technology are subject to this tax. For further details on this tax please refer to the above referenced code.
Steps to Apply for Utility Business Tax Program:
City of Kirkland - Tax Section
123 5th Ave
Kirkland, WA 98033
Telephone, Cable Electric and/or Gas Tax Form
Telephone, Cable Electric and/or Gas Tax Form(PDF, 470KB)
Sanitary / Garbage Services Tax Form
Sanitary/ Garbage Services Tax Form(PDF, 578KB)
Under the authority granted by the Kirkland municipal code chapter 7.48 Gambling restrictions- Tax, businesses involved in gambling activities are required to file and pay gambling taxes each quarter. For full details of the City of Kirkland gambling restrictions and tax rates please refer to the above referenced code. Taxes are due as follows:
Tax Due Date
January – March
April – June
October – December
If you have any questions regarding utility or gambling tax, due dates or tax rates, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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