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Tax collections increase at the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Contact: Wade LaRoche, Public Affairs Manager, 605-773-5869


PIERRE, S.D. — Tax collections at the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally increased by 3 percent compared to 2017.


To date, the South Dakota Department of Revenue has collected nearly 1.29 million in taxes from temporary vendors at the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The state sales tax accounted for the majority of collections with $742,181. At this time last year, the department collected $710,839 in state sales tax. The department’s 2018 collections also include $245,019 in the state tourism tax and $298,971 in municipal taxes.


“The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is an important event for South Dakota,” Revenue Supervisor Lori Haupt said. “The Department of Revenue works hard to make the sales tax process as smooth as possible for the vendors who attend the event. This process wouldn’t be possible without our valuable partnerships with fellow state agencies, our local county and municipal governments and vendors at the rally.”


Tax revenue increased in 2018, despite fewer temporary vendors at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally compared to 2017. The 2018 rally featured 1,011 temporary vendors, while the 2017 event had 1,058.


The Northern Black Hills, which includes Sturgis and all other communities in Meade and Lawrence counties, accumulated $972,278 in tax from the 804 vendors present. The Southern Black Hills, which includes Rapid City, Custer, Hill City and Keystone, had 207 temporary vendors with $313,893 in total tax collected.


Taxes collected at the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally included state sales, tourism, municipal sales and municipal gross receipts. For more statistics on the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, please see the attached document.