Help repeal the Retail Sales Tax on Martial Arts instruction – HB 1032

House Bill 1032 — You can help repeal the 8.4% Retail Sales Tax on Martial Arts instruction!

[Click here to donate to this campaign.]  We reached our funding goal – Thank You!  But, please, we need you to contact your state representatives.

If you are a Washington resident and you, or your child, have been taking martial arts classes in a Martial Arts school (outside of an athletic or fitness facility), you’ve paid $80 – $100 in retail sales tax per person in 2016.

  • For more than 30 years Martial Art Schools have been treated like other instructional schools when it came to Retail Sales Tax.
  • In 2015, the sales tax treatment of martial arts training and instruction changed as an unintended consequence of the passage of HB 1550. Under the current sales tax structure, martial arts training and instruction that take place outside of a fitness facility are treated differently than similar activities (Dance Schools, Music Schools, Gymnastic Schools, etc.).
  • The law also made a new requirement for families attending Martial Art Schools to pay Retail Sales Tax.
  • Last year (2016), the Washington State Martial Arts Association (WSMAA) had a proposed house bill that passed the State House 96-0 in our favor, but we were unable to get the Senate to take a vote on it.
  • This year we have new sponsors, and legislation that is much more likely to pass – but we need funding to keep our lobbyists active explaining to legislators the series of mistakes that created this situation, the harmful impact on Martial Arts schools (loss of students due to increased cost), and encouraging them to support our new legislation to fix the mess that was created.
  • It is the intent of HB 1032 (and SB 5220) to redefine martial arts training and instruction that take place outside of a fitness facility in order to return these activities to their previous tax treatment.

Action Items:

  1. Donate to help fund the lobbyists hired by the Washington State Martial Arts Association (WSMAA). The WSMAA is an all-volunteer group of school owners that have not taken a dime for their time or expenses to organize this campaign.  We need to renew the contract with the lobbyists on 1/31/17 but we’re short $3,000 on funds collected/pledged to cover the lobbyists’ contract through the end of this legislative session.  Please act now.

We (Mark and Victoria Moy) donated $600 in 2016 and an additional $600 in 2017.
A $20 donation on your part NOW could save you $100+ in taxes every year.

  1. Write to your state representatives.Tell your legislators you support this legislation and want a final bill to GET A VOTE on the floor of the House AND Senate as soon as possible. This is NOT a controversial piece of legislation and shouldn’t be held back to be used in budget negotiations. This tax is WRONG. This tax is UNFAIRLY applied. This tax is DAMAGING small businesses. Fixing it is their responsibility and is the right thing to do.  Self-Defense and Martial Arts instruction should be treated and taxed, as an educational SERVICE – NOT a retail item.

> Find the two Representatives and Senator from the district where you live. http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/
IMPORTANT: Only contact YOUR legislators based on your home address.

> Contact your TWO Representatives and ask them to support HB 1032. Do this by phone, email and letter, and even in person if you can!
— Tell them you are a constituent and where you live.
— Tell them why you feel this shouldn’t have happened in the first place and how disappointed you are it wasn’t fixed last year.
— If you’ve been affected, tell them how.
— Tell them you want the House Finance Committee to get it out of committee NOW because it fixes a mistake and is non-controversial.
— Ask them to make sure the House of Representatives gives it a vote on the floor early and before the budget negotiations get out of control.
— Thank them for their support last year. They voted 96-0!

> Contact your Senator and ask them to support SB 5220. Do this by phone, email and letter.
— Tell them you are a constituent and where you live.
— Tell them how disappointed you are the Senate wouldn’t allow the bill to get a vote last year and why you think fixing it this year is important.
— If you’ve been affected, tell them how.
— Tell them you want the Senate Ways & Means committee to give it a public hearing AND get it out of committee NOW because it fixes a mistake and is non-controversial.
— Ask them to make sure the Senate gives it a vote on the floor EARLY before the budget negotiations get out of control.

House Bill information — HB 1032 – 2017-18.  Concerning the excise taxation of martial arts…
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1032&Year=2017

Bill analysis…
http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bill%20Reports/House/1032%20HBA%20FIN%2017.pdf