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More than $1.3 million in taxes collected from Sturgis Rally

September 1, 2020 GMT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The 2020 Sturgis Motorcyle Rally brought in more than $1.3 million in tax collections, according to the South Dakota Department of Revenue.

Taxes collected from the rally — which include state sales, municipal sales, municipal gross receipts and tourism — totaled $1,343,348 as of Tuesday, the Rapid City Journal reported. The figure marks a 6% increase compared with 2019, though the event featured fewer temporary vendors than the previous two years.

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More than half of taxes collected from the rally were state sales taxes, at $785,251. State revenue supervisor Lori Haupt said in a Tuesday release that the department offered vendors the option of filing and paying sales taxes electronically, which about 50% of vendors chose as an option.

The 10-day motorcycle rally ended on Aug. 16, and drew hundreds of thousands of bikers from all over the country to the western South Dakota city of roughly 7,000 residents. The large-scale event has concerned public health officials and experts for the speed at which coronavirus infections are spreading from the rally, which has been linked to 263 cases across 12 states.