Stop Laundry Tax



For more than 30 years, Coin Laundry Association’s top legislative priority has been to protect the exemption from sales tax enjoyed by the self-service laundry industry in most states.

CLA expertise has helped thousands of laundry owners save thousands of dollars each and every year by making legislators understand why our laundries should remain exempt. By using our strength in numbers, the Association has pooled our members’ resources and influence to make sure that our interests are protected.

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Together, we can keep the laundry industry fair and profitable for all.

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Why Laundries Should Remain Exempt from Sales Tax

  1. Sales Tax on Self-Service Laundry Hurts Working FamiliesSelf-service laundries serve low income renters; senior citizens on fixed incomes; students; and others who cannot afford washers and dryers of their own and cannot afford to pay more taxes. Imposing sales tax on self-service laundries is regressive. The median household income for a regular self-service laundry customer is $23,000 per year. (Laundry Customer Survey, CLA)

  2. Self-Service Laundry Provides a Basic Public Health Service and Must Remain Tax Exempt: Self-service laundries provide a basic public health service to the community. Clean clothes are a necessity, not an optional or luxury service. Those families visiting their local laundry each week rely on these services for the health and safety of their families.

  3. Sales Tax on Self-Service Laundry is Uncollectible: The removal of this exemption would result in a de facto gross receipts tax on laundry owners. Nearly every self-service laundry is equipped to accept payment by quarters only. This makes the collection of this type of tax nearly impossible.

  4. 41 of 45 Sales Tax States Exempt Self-Service Laundry from Sales Tax: Only four (4) states assess sales tax on self-service laundry. These states include: Hawaii, Iowa, West Virginia and New Mexico. Repealing the exemption would place this state among the very small minority of states assessing this tax.

  5. Sales Tax on Self-Service Laundry Results in Tax Pyramiding: Operators of self-service laundries pay sales tax upon purchase of their equipment and pay taxes on all utilities provided to customers despite the fact that economists across the spectrum agree that business inputs should be exempt from such taxes. Those taxes are already embedded in the price of self-service laundry.  Removing the exemption for the self-service laundry would result in a tax on top of already paid sales taxes.
  6. Sales Tax on Self-Service Laundry in Fundamentally Unfair: Regardless of the merits of generally imposing sales tax on services, there is no justification for imposing sales tax on the work people do for themselves.  The coin laundry industry simply makes the equipment and utilities – which have already been taxed – available to their customers who provide the labor on a self-service basis. Those members of the community who can afford home laundry equipment do not pay sales tax to wash their clothes.

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