10/23/2012

NY Strip Club Argues Lap Dances Are "Art", Thus Tax Exempt, Court Disagrees

Posted by Brian
Claiming that stripping and 'lap dances' are "art", the Nite Moves strip club in Albany argues that they were exempt from paying sales tax.
Sorry, getting paid to go over and check out a guys Longfellow doesn't count as art, toot's.
Nice try guys.

NY Court: Lap Dances Are Not Art and Are Taxable
By STAFF, Associated Press October 23, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lap dances are taxable because they don't promote culture in a community the way ballet or other artistic endeavors do, New York's highest court concluded Tuesday in a sharply divided ruling.
The court split 4-3, with the dissenting judges saying there's no distinction in state law between "highbrow dance and lowbrow dance," so the case raises "significant constitutional problems."
The lawsuit was filed by Nite Moves in suburban Albany, which was arguing fees for admission to the strip club and for private dances are exempt from sales taxes.
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