In the state of North Carolina, some types of event tickets are subject to sales tax. Chartered student groups holding qualified events are required to collect and deposit sales tax along with any money charged for admission.
It’s true, but you don’t have to stress. Just follow the steps below!
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In general, a taxable event’s primary purpose is entertainment and the payment is an admission cost. In other words, without paying the fee,
an attendee wouldn’t be allowed to enter the event:
On the other hand, if you’re charging a fee but that payment is a participation cost (you’re going to run in a race or some other kind of contest, learn how to paint pottery, or register your team for a campus tradition like Project Pumpkin), then the event is not taxable:
Your group is having an open-mic night to raise money for a Spring Break service trip. You’ve decided to charge performers a small registration fee to help pay for the sound system, and also to charge admission at the door. In the end, you find your cash box overflowing with $300 from performers and $500 from ticket sales!
So what amount of the proceeds are taxable? Only the $500 from admission sales. The $300 from performer fees were a cost of participation, and not subject to sales tax.
Build the tax into your admission price ($5 ticket = $4.68 base + .32 sales tax) which keeps things very simple. The only requirement here is to make your decision clear to the public:
Another option is to add the tax to the ticket price ($5 ticket + .34 sales tax = $5.34 total price) which means you’ll receive the entire $5 but will have to keep lots of change on hand if selling at the door – this is a better option if most of your sales will happen online.
New deposit processes are in the works! Check back here early in the fall semester for new instructions – if you need deposit assistance in the meantime, just email email@example.com.