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Admissions Tax Program

Steps to Kirkland's Admission Tax program for those who charge admission

Prior to your event:
  1. Submit the Application Certificate of Registration (PDF - 29k)
  2. Return the Application to the City’s Finance Department/Tax Division with the applicable fee.

At the time of your event:

  1. List the applicable admission tax rate on the ticket separate from the ticket price.
  2. Post a sign in an obvious place at the venue entrance or ticket office that breaks down the admission charge. 
  3. Post the Certificate of Admissions issued by the City in the same manner as the ticket break down.  (Click here for sample)

After your event:

  1. Submit the Tax on Admission Charges Report (PDF - 72k) to the City’s Finance Department/Tax Division within 15 working/calendar days after the end of the month in which the tax was collected.

Finance Department
Tax Section
123 Fifth Avenue 
Kirkland WA, 98033
425-587-3143 (Main)
425-587-3111 (TTY)
425-587-3110 (Fax)
About Kirkland’s Admissions Tax Program

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. 

If you or your organization hosts an event where the following are applied to your patrons:

  • cover charge
  • entrance fee
  • one-time charge
  • season ticket price

you will need to follow the steps defined in the Admissions Tax Program Brochure.

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.

Finance and Administration
Street Address: 123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033
Mailing Address: Utility Billing
P.O. Box 3865, Seattle, Washington 98124-3865

General Inquiries
T. 425.587.3001 | F. 425.587.3019