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  • Important Sales Tax Information

    As you may or may not know, our studio has been collecting sales tax on our yoga classes since 2004. The tax has always been rolled into your total cost of all goods and services. However, we have been paying the government these taxes “under protest” because we disagree with this tax statute. The Missouri Department of Revenue considers our services as entertainment, not educational, and therefore subject to an “amusement sales tax”. We take tremendous pride in the yoga education we provide and the therapeutic benefits that are gained by students every day. To be categorized under the same heading as purchasing concert tickets is more than disturbing.

    More and more fitness studios, dance studios, and gyms are just now beginning to charge sales taxes on their services. Moving forward, to remain transparent with our prices in comparison to other studios, we will continue collecting an 8.613% sales tax (Richmond Heights rate), but will be adding this on top of yoga classes and any fees associated with yoga instruction (workshops, seminars, etc). To be clear, this is not income for Pure Hot Yoga St. Louis. Beginning March 1, 2016 we will have new (lower) prices on most products and services which will not reflect the final price including sales tax. This is in attempt to make the price you are paying for all products and services very clear.

    The hopeful news is there are two bills in the Missouri Legislature that would create a sales tax exemption for fitness studios, gyms, and dance studios.
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    If you would like to express your opinion regarding this statute, please reach out to our local senators and representatives. Here is the link to look up your local senator: http://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default.aspx

    We know your time is valuable so we have posted sample letters below that you can simply cut and paste to send to your representative. Feel free to add your own thoughts to as well.

    As always, thank you for your continued support. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!

     

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    Dear Senator XXXXX,
     
    I am writing to you to express my displeasure about applying sales tax to services that are clearly educational, specifically yoga classes. The sales tax statute I am referring to is 144.020.
     
    (2) A tax equivalent to four percent of the amount paid for admission and seating accommodations, or fees paid to, or in any place of amusement, entertainment or recreation, games and athletic events
     
    I understand the Senator Bob Dixon has introduced Bill 706 to exclude fitness/health classes, dance studios and gymnastics from this sales tax. Please support this bill in every way possible. These classes are important to the health of many people and it is unfair to tax them under a statute that was clearly not written to include them. As you are my senator, I am writing to make sure you are aware of my position, which I also believe is the position of the majority of Missouri residents. I would hope that you will reflect that position in support of the Bill.
     
    Sincerely,
     
     
     
    Dear Representative XXXXX,
     
    I am writing to you to express my displeasure about applying sales tax to services that are clearly educational, specifically yoga classes. The sales tax statute I am referring to is 144.020.
     
    (2) A tax equivalent to four percent of the amount paid for admission and seating accommodations, or fees paid to, or in any place of amusement, entertainment or recreation, games and athletic events
     
    I understand that Representative Eric Burlison has introduced Bill 1463 to exclude fitness/health classes, dance studios and gymnastics from this sales tax. Please support this bill in every way possible. These classes are important to the health of many people and it is unfair to tax them under a statute that was clearly not written to include them. As you are my representative, I am writing to make sure you are aware of my position, which I also believe is the position of the majority of Missouri residents. I would hope that you will reflect that position in support of the Bill.
     
    Sincerely,

     

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