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(SD)-Sturgis Rally Tax Revenue Down Slightly

By: John Axtell Posted at: 08/28/2019 03:02 PM
STURGIS, S.D. - The South Dakota Dept of Revenue says tax collections from temporary vendors at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally are approaching $1.3-million dollars, down about 1% from last year.

       The total includes state and municipal sales tax, tourism taxes, and municipal gross receipts taxes.
 
      The state sales tax accounted for more than half the total at $733,000, a drop of about $9,000 from this time last year, while state tourism tax revenue was almost $243,000 and municipal taxes $294,000. There were 1,006 temporary vendors at the Rally, 5 fewer than a year ago.
 
     The Dept of Revenue says the Northern Black Hills, which includes Sturgis and all other communities in Meade and Lawrence counties, had 818 vendors take out temporary licenses and collect nearly $940,000 in taxes.

    . The Southern Black Hills, which includes Rapid City, Custer, Hill City, and Keystone, had 188 temporary vendors with $326,000 in total tax collected.

      State Revenue Supervisor Lori Haupt says the Rally is important for South Dakota, so the department's goal is to ensure fair tax collection while making the process as easy as possible for the vendors in attendance.

      Haupt says achieving the goal wouldn't be possible without valuable partnerships with fellow state agencies, local county and municipal governments, and the vendors.


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