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Entertainment Tax

Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by DukieDoesVegas, Nov 6, 2014.

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  1. DukieDoesVegas

    DukieDoesVegas Tourist

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    Has anyone been burned by the entertainment tax yet? I was at a restaurant called House of Blues. We entered and requested a table as far away as possible from the horrible entertainment (small crappy band) they had and when we got the check, we were whacked by a whopping 10 % on top of everything else. The waitress said it was required by law even though we wanted nothing to do with their entertainment. This coming trip we will call ahead to make sure there is no entertainment, but I never heard of this prior to my trip in May 2014. Have you?
     
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    Yep, this is standard everywhere and has been for years. I'm most familiar with it via shows, but I voluntarily subjected myself to that entertainment. What pisses me off the most about this tax is that it's a higher percentage than the state charges casinos for gaming revenue...:grrr:
     
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    I suppose if the entertainment was good I would not have minded, but I could swear I had dinner in the same place with similar crappy entertainment in 2013 and was not charged the extra tax, so I thought it was new. Also, I was at Harrah's piano bar in May and saw a sign about the tax, but we ordered drinks before the entertainment started and were not charged the tax. Its crazy!
     
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    You might have been cut a break in the past for some reason. It's been on the books since 2004.

    http://www.8newsnow.com/story/1585733/live-entertainment-tax-now-in-effect

    For places like you describe (House of Blues, Piano Bar, etc.), I agree it's BS.
     
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    That link speaks of a tax on show tickets, not whacking unsuspecting diners because there is a lousy band playing on the other side of a large room.
     
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    I don't know why this cracks me up so?

    "Hello, do you have any live entertainment?" "What? No?... good... we'll be right over!" "You're sure now, I don't want anyone breaking out in song while we're there, cause we don't wanna be taxed on it... especially if they suck!"

    Too funny!!!
     
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    Makes me think of the bar at Orleans where you can sit and play video poker and watch / listen to the band on stage. Also many surrounding carousels of machines which allow for the same thing. Is it only if they serve food? Otherwise I don't get it either OR is it optional to the establishment?

    THIS is nickel and diming at its best.....at least for today.
     
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    Just because that's the only type of live entertainment mentioned in the article does not mean that's the only type of live entertainment to which the tax applies.
     
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    I'm fairly certain it was included in what I paid for my MacKing ticket.
    It used to be years back with and American Casino Guide coupon, I paid $10 for a drink and that was the cost.
    This time, tax brought it up to $15. Strange
    The show is worth the cost and the Merlot is not bad either ( not like that Sin City red wine swill) but it does seem odd.
     
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