WSOC's been breaking down North Carolina's new tax rules, and while income and corporate taxes are dropping, entertainment taxes are going up, including sports, concerts, shows, and even some museums, cultural attractions and tours.
Krista Wilson likes taking her children to the movies, but admits it gets pricey. "They're high. They're really high," she said.
"It just makes it hard for families to go together... When you're talking about a movie which the average American should be able to just go see a movie, that seems crazy," Wilson said.
When the new tax rules kick in Jan. 1, a $10.50 movie ticket could jump to $11.15, an $8 Knights baseball ticket in the new stadium could go to $8.32, a $15 college football ticket could go to $15.61, a $75 concert ticket could go to $78.02, a $95 musical at the Blumenthal could go to $98.83, and a $100 Panthers football ticket could go to $104.03. George Braun said, "It's almost getting too pricey....You know the little kids, the guy with two or three kids, it's hard to bring your family to a sporting event anymore. Everything's getting so expensive."
It's not clear how much of the cost theaters, teams, and other businesses will pass along to customers when the new tax rules go into effect. There are some exceptions that won't be taxed differently, including tickets to grade school-sponsored events, certain nonprofit festivals that last up to seven days, and little league sports.