Gym Classes Not Taxable in Missouri

Monday, January 9th, 2017

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Missouri ruled that charges for instructional programs were not taxable.

A taxpayer owned a fitness facility that offered group fitness classes and other programs. These included personal training sessions, drop-in group classes, sports performance services, Olympic lifting classes, and speed training. The taxpayer's staff led the classes through the workouts and demonstrated correct technique.

Missouri taxes fees paid to any place of amusement, entertainment, or recreation or to games and athletic events. There is an exception for fees paid for instructional classes. "Instructional classes" include any class, lesson, or instruction intended or used for teaching.

Because the taxpayer had staff guiding and directing the classes, staff was "teaching." As a result, the classes were instructional and fees paid to take the classes were not taxable.

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