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Theater Prices, Movie Tickets Will Likely Go Up In NC Under New Tax Plan

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North Carolina's new tax expansion plan goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014. North Carolina's new tax expansion plan goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014.
HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. -

Whether you enjoy seeing a live performance, watching Hollywood actors on the big screen or taking a trip back in time, you know that it cost money.

Under a new tax plan, it will soon cost you even more.

Lawmakers approved a 4.75 percent tax for non-profits and commercial entertainment venues that had been exempt.

The Republican-backed tax expansion starts in January.

Officials at Flat Rock Playhouse estimate the tax will amount to a seven percent increase for their customers.

“Although the state sales tax is expected to land at 4.75 percent, the Playhouse (as with other organizations now required to conform to the new tax law) will need to collect a marginally higher amount to cover administrative costs associated with implementing new infrastructure necessary to facilitate collecting and remitting the tax,” said Managing Director Hillary Hart.

For-profit companies, like your local movie theater will also have to deal with the increased tax, as well as attractions that are currently free to the public.

The Henderson County Mineral and Lapidary Museum hasn’t charged admission since it opened 15 years ago. It relies solely on donations and sales from its gift shop to keep the doors open.

“With the economy the way it is right now, an extra burden of a tax is going to be harmful to a lot of small museums like ours,” said Operations Manager Diane Lapp.

The tax increase is one of many new provisions included in the Republican-backed “Tax Simplification and Reduction Act.”

7 On Your Side reached out to several lawmakers for comment Monday, but did not hear back from them.

The new tax goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

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