Exempting Self-Service Laundry Services from Sales Tax Protects the Financial Security and Health of the Low-Income and Promotes Principles of Good Tax Policy
The median household income of a regular self-service laundry customer is only $23,000 per year. Failing to exempt self-service laundry services from the sales tax is regressive and puts these individuals at risk of coming into contact with disease-causing bacteria and viruses because they cannot afford to wash their clothes, towels, and bedding. Because of this, and the numerous economic and tax policy arguments for exempting these services, nearly all states exempt self-service laundry services from their sales tax.
Sales tax exemption for self-service laundries is an important tax provision that has far-reaching social and economic benefits. The Coin Laundry Association (CLA) is committed to ensuring that all self-service laundries remain exempt from sales tax based on several fundamental principles of tax policy and to advance the health and financial security of families in our communities all across the United States.
Together, we can keep the laundry industry fair and profitable for all.