|Will memberships in fitness programs at YMCAs, like this one in|
Lexington, be taxed? The state isn't sure. (Lane Report photo)
"But is the YMCA – a nonprofit organization – required to collect the tax, or only for-profit gyms such as Planet Fitness?" Otts asked Richard Dobson, executive director of the Office of Sales and Excise Taxes at the state Department of Revenue. Dobson replied, “We are working on that [question] and we will be giving further clarification.”
The taxes were levied as part of a deal between House Republicans, who wanted to protect education funding and make fewer changes to teacher pensions, and Senate Republicans, whose apparent priority was tax cuts, such as lowering the state income tax to 5 percent from the current range of 5.8 to 6 percent for income above $8,000.
"Republican Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed the bill, saying he wanted a more 'comprehensive' overhaul of the state’s tax code, but lawmakers voted to override the veto on April 14, putting the changes into law," Otts notes. "Last week Kentucky officials launched a website to better explain the tax changes. They have also set up a phone line – 502-564-5700 – to take recorded questions." Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.