State laws impacting Balloon Fest

WSIC File Photo
WSIC File Photo

State tax law is affecting how much money raised at Statesville’s Carolina Balloon Fest goes to local charities.

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Executive Director Robb Collier says next weekend’s event will be the second year when sales tax must be subtracted from ticket sales – last year that cost was nearly thirteen thousand dollars.

Collier says it frustrates him since that money could go to local charities.

New this year – Balloon Fest is required to submit tax ID information for each vendor.

WSIC has learned that the state will be doing an onsite compliance check at next weekend’s event.

Twenty-five to thirty thousand people are expected at the airport depending on the weather.

This year has seen the highest number of pre-sale tickets in the history of Balloon Fest.

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